The English surname Akers is a topographic name for someone living by a piece of arable land, from the plural or genitive singular of the Middle English term aker meaning “an acre,” i.e. arable land. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William del Acr', which was dated 1214, in the “Curia Regis Rolls of Sussex.” The name is first recorded in the New World in 1651 when Thomas Akers is recorded in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Today there are approximately 25,000 bearers of the name Akers living in the US.
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