Huckster

Huckster
Recorded as Hucker, Huckster and Huxter, this unusual name is medieval and English. It is in a sense occupational and relates to the famous travelling fairs and markets of the period before the coming of the railways in Victorian times. It derives from the word "hucke", a middle English word meaning "to bargain," and was given to a stall holder or travelling merchant. The alternative spelling of Huckster is the female form in the same way that a baxter was a female baker. The surname does seem to be particularly associated with the county of Somerset, an example from the records of that county being that of Walter Huckster of Taunton. In 1685 he was sentenced by the infamous Judge Jeffreys to be transported to the West Indies as a slave. This was because of his support for the illfated Duke of Monmouth who sought to overthrow his uncle, the catholic King James 11nd of England in that year. His subsequent fate is not known. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Le Huckker. This was dated 1307, in the Pipe Rolls of Somerset, during the reign of King Edward 1st of England and known to history as 'The Hammer of the Scots', 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Huckster — Huck ster, n. [OE. hukstere, hukster, OD. heukster, D. heuker; akin to D. huiken to stoop, bend, OD. huycken, huken, G. hocken, to squat, Icel. h?ka; the peddler being named from his stooping under the load on his back. Cf. {Hawk} to offer for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Huckster — Huck ster, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Huckstered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Huckstering}.] To deal in small articles, or in petty bargains. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • huckster — index dealer, merchant, sell, trade, vendor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • huckster — huck‧ster [ˈhʌkstə ǁ ər] noun [countable] disapproving MARKETING someone who uses forceful selling methods, especially dishonest ones: • time share hucksters waiting in hotel lobbies for unwary tourists …   Financial and business terms

  • huckster — (n.) c.1200, petty merchant, peddler (often contemptuous), from M.Du. hokester peddler, from hoken to peddle (see HAWK (Cf. hawk) (v.1)) + agent suffix ster (which was typically feminine in English, but not in Low German). Specific sense of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • huckster — [n] peddler colporteur, costermonger, hawker, pitchperson, salesperson, seller, street seller, street vendor; concepts 347,348 …   New thesaurus

  • huckster — ► NOUN 1) a person who sells small items, either door to door or from a stall. 2) N. Amer. a person who uses aggressive selling techniques. ► VERB chiefly N. Amer. 1) promote or sell aggressively. 2) bargain. DERIVATIVES hucksterism …   English terms dictionary

  • huckster — [huk′stər] n. [ME hokestere < MDu hoekster < hoeken, to peddle, akin to Ger hökern: see HAWKER1] 1. a peddler or hawker of wares, esp. of fruits, vegetables, etc. 2. an aggressive or haggling merchant, esp. one who uses questionable methods …   English World dictionary

  • Huckster — A Huckster is also a character class in the role playing game Deadlands. A huckster is a seller of small articles, usually of cheap or shoddy quality, or one engaged in haggling or making petty bargains, that is, a certain type of peddler or… …   Wikipedia

  • huckster — hucksterism, n. hucksterish, adj. /huk steuhr/, n. 1. a retailer of small articles, esp. a peddler of fruits and vegetables; hawker. 2. a person who employs showy methods to effect a sale, win votes, etc.: the crass methods of political hucksters …   Universalium

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