Cloke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Cloke family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in a low-lying meadow. The name Cloke is derived from the Old English word cloh. It may also be derived from the Old French and Old English word cloke, which means cloak, and denotes someone who was a maker and seller of cloaks.

Early Origins of the Cloke family

The surname Cloke was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat at Winchester where Robert Cloche was recorded in the year 1210. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed.

Early History of the Cloke family

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Cloke Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cloke include Cloke, Cloak, Cloche, Cloake, Cloch, Clock and many more.

Early Notables of the Cloke family (pre 1700)

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United States Cloke migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cloke or a variant listed above:

Cloke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Alfred Cloke, (b. 1878), aged 27, Cornish shipwright travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA [1]

Australia Cloke migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cloke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Cloke, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" [2]

  1. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved on Facebook