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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Where did the English Lake family come from? What is the English Lake family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lake family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lake family history?

The name Lake is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived beside or close to a lake. The surname Lake originally derived from the Old English word lacu which meant lake. Lake is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Lake are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Lake include: Lake, Lacke and others.

First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lake research. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1624, 1689, 1682, 1684, 1684, 1685, 1685, 1689, 1567, 1630, 1609, 1680, 1660 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Lake History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Lake family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Lake or a variant listed above:

Lake Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Lake settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Thomas Lake settled in Boston in 1633
  • Wm Lake, aged 14, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Captain Jacob Lake settled in Barbados in 1635
  • William Lake settled in Virginia in 1635

Lake Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • George Lake, who landed in America in 1793

Lake Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Jo Lake, aged 18, landed in Barbados in 1835
  • Edward Lake, who arrived in New York in 1837
  • Robert Lake, who arrived in Virginia in 1853
  • Inc Lake, who arrived in Virginia in 1864


  • Ricki Pamela Lake (b. 1968), American actress and television host
  • Arthur Lake (b. 1905), American actor
  • Alice Lake (1895-1967), American film actress
  • Dyer Barker Lake (b. 1884), American chemist
  • Harriette Lake (1909-2001), original name of Ann Sothern, American film and television actress
  • Simon Lake (1866-1945), American mechanical engineer and naval architect
  • Veronica Lake (1922-1973), American film actress and pin-up model
  • Larry Ellsworth Lake (1943-2013), American-born, Canadian composer, trumpeter, radio broadcaster, and record producer
  • John Henry Lake (b. 1877), American Olympian who won bronze for cycling at the 1900 games
  • Joseph Edward Lake Jr. (1964-2014), American science fiction and fantasy writer, winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction in 2004



  • Forget Me Not by Carole Clawson Nation.

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The Lake Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lake Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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