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Boakes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the Boakes surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived at or near a bank or ridge. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word Balca which means dweller by the bank or ridge. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


Early Origins of the Boakes family


The surname Boakes was first found in Oxfordshire, where William Belch was first listed as a Templar in 1185. Later, William le Belch was listed as holding lands in Essex in 1295 and Robert Balch was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1328. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Kirby's Quest lists "Robert Balch, Somerset, 1 Edward III" (holding lands there during the first year's reign of Edward III.) [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.

Sir Toby Belch is a character in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.


Early History of the Boakes family


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Boakes Spelling Variations


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Boakes include Balch, Balche, Belch, Belche, Ballch, Bellch, Ballche and many more.

Early Notables of the Boakes family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Boakes family to Ireland


Some of the Boakes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Boakes family to the New World and Oceana


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Boakes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Lillian F. Boakes, aged 24, originally from Kent, who arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFCS-KWB : 6 December 2014), Lillian F. Boakes, 24 Apr 1906; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Henry Boakes, aged 35, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from Southampton, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJNG-B2D : 6 December 2014), Henry Boakes, 28 May 1910; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Philadelphia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Alfred Boakes, aged 19, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Minnewaska" from London, England [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNP5-X3F : 6 December 2014), Alfred Boakes, 12 Nov 1913; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Minnewaska, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Frank Boakes, aged 21, originally from Hartfield, England, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Saint Louis" from Southampton, England [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNPB-FYH : 6 December 2014), Frank Boakes, 15 Nov 1913; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Louis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Frank Boakes, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "President Adams" from London, England [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN2F-NMG : 6 December 2014), Frank Boakes, 27 May 1922; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name President Adams, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Boakes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Boakes, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Ruth Boakes, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Lilly Boakes, aged 5, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • George Boakes, aged 9, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Roland Boakes, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Boakes (post 1700)


  • Jonathan Boakes (b. 1973), English game designer, CEO and founder of Darkling Room

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Citations


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFCS-KWB : 6 December 2014), Lillian F. Boakes, 24 Apr 1906; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJNG-B2D : 6 December 2014), Henry Boakes, 28 May 1910; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Philadelphia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNP5-X3F : 6 December 2014), Alfred Boakes, 12 Nov 1913; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Minnewaska, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNPB-FYH : 6 December 2014), Frank Boakes, 15 Nov 1913; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Louis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN2F-NMG : 6 December 2014), Frank Boakes, 27 May 1922; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name President Adams, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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