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22 Sep 2018

Surname Saturday - Tuck

The Tuck surname, recorded as Tock, Took, Toke, Tuck and Tuke, usually is of pre-7th-century Norse-Viking origins. It derives from a Scandinavian personal name variously recorded as Toki, Toka or Toke, short or nickname forms of Thorketill. This popular personal and - later - surname, was a compound of the divine name Thor. That's the name of the Viking mythological god of thunder and the originator of "Thors day" or Thursday, plus "ketill", meaning a cauldron. 

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Tucke. This was dated 1202 in the fines tax rolls of Norfolk, during the reign of king John of England, 1199 - 1216. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling. 

I'm a descendant of Joost Jansz Tuck who originated in Mesele, Belgium. He was married on October 14, 1589, in Ridderkerk, Holland, to his first wife, Beeltijen Dircks who originated in Wuustwesel, Belgium. They had 6 children. Joost married his second wife, Neeltje Warrebouts, a widow, on September 22, 1619, in Ridderkerk. They had an additional son. Jan Joosten Tuck, my ancestor, too.

Sources:, Ridderkerk Marriages 1579-1643, transcribed by C. Hutchinson, P.F. Klok, B. Tabbernee, J.J. Vervoet & J. Wisskink.

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