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Where did the Welsh Rakes family come from? What is the Welsh Rakes family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rakes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rakes family history?The origins of the Welsh name Rakes go back to the ancient Celtic culture that existed in the hills and Moors of Wales. The forbears that initially held the name Rakes once lived near a pass or narrow valley. The surname Rakes is derived from the Old English word hraca, which means throat. The surname Rakes belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. However, the surname Rakes may be derived from residence at The Rake in Sussex, at Raikes Farm in Surrey, or at Raikes in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In this case, the surname Rakes belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Rakes have included Raikes, Raike, Raik, Rakes, Rake and others.
First found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rakes research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1690 and 1757 are included under the topic Early Rakes History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rakes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Rakes:
Rakes Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Rakes Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Honestum praeferre utili
Motto Translation: To prefer the honest to the profitable.
The Rakes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rakes 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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