Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Harker

Harker comes from an English surname, which seems to be mostly associated with northeastern England and West Yorkshire, which seems to have originated from a locational place, made up from English hart (male deer. or stag) and kerr (marshland); the first element has also been linked to Old English hara (hare, rabbit).

It’s also possible that Harker may have originated as a byname for an eavesdropper or busybody, from Old English herkien, herken meaning “to listen”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: a locational name “male deer + marshland” or “hare + marshland”; could also have originated as a byname “to listen”

Usage: English

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