Hacker Family History
Hacker Name Meaning
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) (also Häcker); Dutch: occupational name for a butcher or a woodcutter from an agent derivative of Middle High German hacken Dutch hakken ‘to hack to chop’. The Jewish surname may be from Yiddish heker ‘butcher’ holtsheker ‘woodcutter’ (German Holzhacker) or valdheker ‘lumberjack’ or from German Hacker ‘woodchopper’. Compare Haecker . English (southwestern): from an agent derivative of Middle English hacken ‘to hack’ hence an occupational name for a woodcutter or perhaps a maker of hacks (hakkes) a word used in Middle English to denote a variety of agricultural tools such as mattocks and hoes.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press