Akes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Viking settlers of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Akes. It was a nickname for a hooked or crooked person. This nickname was originally derived from the Old Norse word haki which meant "hook" or "something crooked." [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been a patronymic for " the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Hake.' " [2]

And another source believes the name has the same origin as "Haig and Haigh; from Haigh co. Lancaster or from Anglo-Saxon 'hagen,' a hay, hedge, meadow. " [3]

Early Origins of the Akes family

The surname Akes was first found in the county of Norfolk where Turkil Hako was listed there in Domesday Book [4]. Later the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire listed Leuiua filia Hacke as holding lands there in 1218 - a very rare entry for a female or "daughter" to hold lands at that time. Later again, Gilbert Hale was listed in the Feet of Fines of Staffordshire in 1257. [5]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had the following entries as both a forename and surname: Hacca filius Pictavini; Peter filius Hake, Lincolnshire; Haco le Muner, Suffolk; and Hako Strek, Suffolk. [2]

Early History of the Akes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Akes research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1273, 1375, 1579, 1567, 1567, 1579, 1576, 1578, 1586 and 1586 are included under the topic Early Akes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Akes Spelling Variations

The spellings of Scottish names dating from the medieval era often bear little resemblance to those seen today. They vary enormously because scribes in that time spelled according to their ears. Some spelling variations of the name Akes include Hake, Hakes, Hakke, Hacke and others.

Early Notables of the Akes family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Edward Hake, ( fl. 1579), an English satirist who was patronized by the Earl of Leicester, known for his Newes out of Paules Churchyarde, A Trappe for Syr Monye, whi was first published in 1567. No copy of the 1567 edition is known; but the work was reprinted in 1579. "From the dedication to the Earl of Leicester we learn that at this date Hake was under-steward...
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Akes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Akes family

The farms of Scottish settlers soon dotted the east coast of the colonies that would become the nations of the United States and Canada. Many of those migrants and their children went on to play important roles in the founding the great nations of North America. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Akes or a variant listed above, including: 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..



  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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