Ake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ake is an ancient Viking-Scottish name for a crooked person. 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. There were two senses in which this nickname was used. The first was for a person with a crooked back: for a humpback. The other way in which this name was used was for a person with a crooked sense of morals: a crook. This nickname was originally derived from the Old Norse word haki which meant "hook" or "something crooked."

Early Origins of the Ake family

The surname Ake was first found in the county of Norfolk where Turkil Hako was listed there in Domesday Book [1]. Much later Gilbert Hake was listed in the Feet of Fines of Staffordshire in 1257. [2]

Important Dates for the Ake family

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Ake Spelling Variations

Sound and intuition were the main things that scribes in the Middle Ages relied on when spelling and translating names. Since those factors varied, so did the spelling of the names. Spelling variations of the name Ake include Hake, Hakes, Hakke, Hacke and others.

Early Notables of the Ake family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ake family

In North America, the monarchy was thousands of miles away and Scots were free to settle on their own land and practice their own beliefs. The American War of Independence provided an opportunity for these settlers to pay back the English monarchy and forge a new nation. Recently, this heritage has survived through North American highland games and Clan societies. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Ake or a variant listed above: Thomas Hakes who died at Jamestown, Virginia in 1623; John Maximilian Hake who sailed to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1774 and Nicolaus Hake who settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1798..

Contemporary Notables of the name Ake (post 1700)

  • Russell Everett Ake (1908-1962), American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, 1959-61 [3]
  • Peter Ake, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 24th District, 1875-78 [3]
  • Maggie D. Ake, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Portage, Pennsylvania, 1896-1900 [3]
  • Joseph Henry Ake (1877-1947), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1928 [3]
  • Howard Ross Ake (1878-1954), American politician, Member of Ohio State Senate, 1921; Ohio Treasurer of State, 1929-30 [3]
  • Harvey Francis Ake (1872-1955), American Republican politician, Common Pleas Court Judge in Ohio, 1913-21; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1924 [3]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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