The name Yoker is an Anglicization of the Scottish Gaelic Iochdar meaning a low lying place; the name was attested for the first time in 1505, and is one of a number of place-names in the area which suggest the longevity of the Gaelic language in the Clyde valley north of Glasgow (c/f Dalmuir, Drumchapel, Drumry, Duntocher, Scotstoun, etc).
Motor vehicles and tramcars were also manufactured in Yoker, which is now an operations centre for the North Clyde Line, part of Glasgow’s suburban rail network, the largest suburban rail network outside London.
From late 2006, there has been substantial investment in building residential property in the Yoker area; this is most likely due to the popularity of property in the banks of the Clyde.
In March 2008, BAE Systems announced to local residents that it has began plans to demolish one of its derelict buildings at Esk Street. The building has been derelict for nearly 25 years and is now in a state of disrepair. Local residents are delighted at the news and are hoping that future development will improve the area at the Yoker Clydeside. Residential developments such as Yoker Riverfront and Bulldale Street have been a major success for the area, it is thought BAE Systems will consider selling the land to any interested developer. Demolition work is due to be completed late summer 2008.