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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Darke family name to the British Isles. They lived in Kent. The family was originally from De Arques, from the Castle of Arques, near Dieppe. "William de Arcis, his son, in 1086 held estates from Odo of Bayeux and Lafranc in Kent, and in Suffolk from Bernard de StAudoen, and Robert Malet." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


Darke Early Origins



The surname Darke was first found in Kent where William d'Arques was Lord of Folkestone in that shire, having been granted lands by William the Conqueror for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. William d'Arques was descended from the Vicomtes of Arques who held a castle four or five miles from Dieppe in Normandy.

"This name, which is not uncommon in the West of England, is probably identical with the De Arcis, of Domesday Book. William d'Arques, or de Arcis, was lord of Folkestone, co. Kent, temp. William I., having Bettled in England after the Norman Conquest. His ancestors were vicomtes of Arques, now a bourg and castle, four or five miles from Dieppe in Normandy." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

The parish of Melonsby in the North Riding of Yorkshire hold clues to an ancient origin there. "The Benedictine nunnery, was founded in the latter part of the reign of Stephen, or the earlier part of that of Henry II., by Roger D'Ark, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Little is known of this branch of the family other that this entry and to date we can find no birth or death record for this individual.

Further to the north, "Hubert de Arches occurs in Sotland 1165-1214." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
This entry is collaborated but with different dates, "Herbert de Arches witnessed a charter of the lands of Lesslyn (Leslie) to Malcolm filius Bartholf ( c. 1171-1199.) Gilbertus de Arches witnessed confirmation of sale of the land of Scrogges to the church of Glasgow (c. 1208-1213.) Perhaps from Arques near Dieppe." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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Darke Spelling Variations


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Darke Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Dark, Darke, Darque and others.

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Darke Early History


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Darke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darke research. Another 280 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1141, 1221 and 1229 are included under the topic Early Darke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Darke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Darke Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Darke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Darke In Ireland


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Darke In Ireland



Some of the Darke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Darke or a variant listed above:

Darke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Darke, aged 40, landed in New York in 1812

Darke Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Darke, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Darke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Darke arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Himalaya" in 1849

Darke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. Darke arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Darke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Darke (post 1700)



  • General William Darke (1736-1801), American soldier, captain at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War but rose to be general, eponym of Darke County, Ohio
  • William Darke (1736-1801), American politician, Delegate to Virginia State Constitutional Convention, 1788
  • Ian Darke (b. 1954), English association football and boxing commentator for ESPN
  • Nicholas Temperley Watson "Nick" Darke (1948-2005), Cornish playwright and writer, poet, and broadcaster
  • John Charles Darke (1806-1844), English-born, Australian surveyor and explorer in Van Diemen's Land and South Australia, eponym of Darke Peak, South Australia
  • Francis Nicholson Darke (1863-1940), Canadian politician and philanthropist, Mayor of Regina
  • Karen Darke (b. 1971), British gold medalist Paralympic cyclist, paratriathlete and author
  • Arundel Darke, the first woman to lead the Queen's Hall Orchestra
  • Harold Edwin Darke (1888-1976), English composer and organist, Professor at the Royal College of Music

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Darke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Darke 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.

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