Moke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The German province known as the Rhineland is the ancestral home of the Moke family. The German people originally used only one name, but as the population grew there was often confusion between people of the same name. This required people to adopt hereditary surnames. Many people took surnames based on nicknames - sometimes known as eke-names - that described certain personal characteristics. Moke is a name for a person who was round and plump. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Moke family

The surname Moke was first found in Cologne, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Chronicles first mention Jeckl Mock (Mockl) of Iglau in 1359. It's literal meaning in Old-German was "plump." Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the feudal system.

Important Dates for the Moke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moke research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1722, 1760, and 1764 are included under the topic Early Moke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Moke Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Moke include Mock, Moeck, Moek, Moecke, Moeke, Moekel, Moeckel, Moekl, Moeckl, Mockl, Mockler, Moeckel, Mockler, Muckler and many more.

Early Notables of the Moke family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Moke migration to the United States

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Moke, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Moke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Moke, aged 34, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Henry Moke, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]

Moke migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moke Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Philip Moke U.E. who settled in Osnabruck [South Stormont], Stormont County, Ontario c. 1784 member of the Six Nation Indian Department [2]

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  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
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