Aquest is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The name Aquest came from the personal name
Jacques, which is a form of the Latin name Jacobus.
Early Origins of the Aquest family
The surname Aquest was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Nether Silton in the North Riding of Yorkshire
. At the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, Nether Silton was recorded as a village with a Hall and the tenant-in-chief was the Count of Mortain. The Domesday Book
was a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy
taken after his conquest of England
at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Aquest family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aquest research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1639, 1st , 1628, 1613, 1818, 1653, 1639 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Aquest History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aquest Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Aquest are characterized by many spelling variations
. 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. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Aquest include Jacques, Jaques, Jack, Jacks, Jackes, Jakes, Jeeks, Jeke, Jeex, Jaquiss, Jaquez and many more.
Early Notables of the Aquest family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aquest family to Ireland
Some of the Aquest family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Aquest family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Aquest, or a variant listed above: James Jacks who settled in Maryland in 1774; J. Michael Jacks settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740; R.C. Jacks settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1850.