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The origins of the name Dake are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the personal name David. Daw was a common diminutive of David in the Middle Ages. The surname is a compound of daw and kin, and literally means "the kin of David." Over time there were changes in pronunciation and spelling, leading to many different variants of the name.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dake family name include Dakin, Dakins, Dakyn, Daykin, Daykins, Daken, Deakin, Daikins, Daikyns, Daikin, Dayken, Daiken, Deakyn, Deake, Deaken and many more.

First found in Rutland where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dake research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1691, 1654 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Dake History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Dake surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Dake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Dake, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860

Dake Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. James Dake U.E. who settled in Charlotee County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Cape Ann Association

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  • Jeniffer Dake, American motivational speaker
  • Charles Romeyn Dake (1849-1899), 19th-century American homeopathic physician and writer
  • Finis Jennings Dake (1902-1987), American Pentecostal minister and evangelist
  • Terrence R. Dake (b. 1944), retired United States Marine Corps four-star general
  • Arthur Dake (1910-2000), American chess master


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The Dake Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dake Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 11 October 2015 at 16:15.

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