Lake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Lake family

The surname Lake was 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.

Important Dates for the Lake family

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Lake Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Lake family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Arthur Lake (1569-1626), and English prelate from Southampton, Bishop of Bath and Wells and a translator of the King James Version of The Bible; Sir Thomas Lake (1561-1630), Secretary of State to James I of England; and his son, Sir Arthur Lake (1598-1633), an English politician, known for the notorious Lake-Cecil feud which...
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Migration of the Lake family to Ireland

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 and printed products wherever possible.

Lake migration to the United States

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 United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Lake, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Thomas Lake, who settled in Boston in 1633
  • William Lake, aged 14, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Captain Jacob Lake, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • William Lake, who settled in Virginia in 1635
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Lake Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Lake, who landed in America in 1793 [1]
Lake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jo Lake, aged 18, who landed in Barbados in 1835 [1]
  • Edward Lake, who arrived in New York in 1837 [1]
  • Robert Lake, who arrived in Virginia in 1853 [1]
  • Inc Lake, who arrived in Virginia in 1864 [1]

Lake migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lake Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Private Nicholas Lake U.E. (b. 1750) born in Somerset, New Jersey, USA from White Creek, Cambridge, New York, USA who settled in Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784, before settling in Sydney Township, Hastings County, Ontario he enlisted in 1777 serving in the Queens Loyal Rangers, married to Rhoda Bradwell "Broadwell" they had 10 children, he died in 1801 [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Lake U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Lake Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Christopher Lake U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1797 [2]
  • Mr. James Lake Sr., U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1797 [2]
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Lake migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lake Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Lake, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Thomas Lake, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 [4]
  • Robert Lake, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane" [5]
  • Abraham Lake, aged 28, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich" [6]
  • Sarah Lake, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis" [7]
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Lake migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lake Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alfred Lake, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 30th December 1857 [8]
  • Miss Susannah Lake, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 30th December 1857 [8]
  • Mr. Lake, British settler with his brother travelling from London aboard the ship "Zambesi" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1863 [8]
  • Mr. Samuel Lake, (b. 1836), aged 28, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [9]
  • Mrs. Fanny Lake, (b. 1844), aged 20, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [9]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Lake (post 1700)

  • Simon Lake (1866-1945), American Quaker mechanical engineer and naval architect who held over two hundred patents for advances in naval design, particularly in early submarine design, epoymn of the Simon Lake class submarine and the USS Simon Lake (AS-33) was the lead ship of her class of submarine tenders in the United States Navy
  • Veronica Lake (1922-1973), born Constance Frances Marie Ockelman, an American film actress and pin-up model; she died at the age of 50 from alcoholism
  • Ricki Pamela Lake (b. 1968), American Daytime Emmy Award winning actress and television host
  • Alice Lake (1895-1967), American film actress, known for her many appearances opposite Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in the silent film era
  • Arthur Lake (1905-1987), born Arthur Silverlake, Jr., an American actor, best known for his role as Dagwood Bumstead in the film, radio and television versions of the comic strip Blondie
  • 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
  • John Henry Lake (b. 1877), American Olympian who won bronze for cycling at the 1900 games
  • Larry Ellsworth Lake (1943-2013), American-born, Canadian composer, trumpeter, radio broadcaster, and record producer
  • Dyer Barker Lake (b. 1884), American chemist
  • Harriette Lake (1909-2001), birth name of Ann Sothern, American film and television actress
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Lake family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mrs. Mary Louise Lake (d. 1979), American passenger, from USA aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [10]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William Lake, English 2nd Class Cabin Bed Steward from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William Lake (d. 1912), aged 35, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [12]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. John Ervin Lake Jr., American Warrant Officer-Pay Clerk from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLOTTE JANE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/charlottejane1852.shtml
  6. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 22nd July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Ostrich 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ostrich1854.shtml
  7. ^ South Australian Register Friday 1st September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emigrant 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/thetis1854.shtml
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  13. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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