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

The ancestry of the name Cloake dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in a low-lying meadow. The name Cloake is derived from the Old English word cloh. It may also be derived from the Old French and Old English word cloke, which means cloak, and denotes someone who was a maker and seller of cloaks.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cloake have been found, including Cloke, Cloak, Cloche, Cloake, Cloch, Clock and many more.

First found in Surrey where they held a family seat at Winchester where Robert Cloche was recorded in the year 1210. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cloake research. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1455, 1487, 1628, 1720, 1686 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Cloake History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cloake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Cloake, or a variant listed above:

Cloake Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edmond Cloake arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Edmond Cloake, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Frances Cloake, who landed in Maryland in 1656
  • Frances Cloake arrived in Maryland in 1656

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  • John Cecil Cloake, diplomat, Head of Trade Relations


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The Cloake Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cloake 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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