Deak History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Deak is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a deacon, an officer in the church. The occupation appears in the Old French as diacne, in Old English as diacon or deacon, and in Old English as deakne. Alternatively, the name could have been derived "from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of David.' " 
Early Origins of the Deak family
The surname Deak was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Conquest in 1066.
Important Dates for the Deak family
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Deak 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 Deak include Deakin, Deacon, Deakan, Deakins, Dekne, Diakne and many more.
Early Notables of the Deak family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deak family to Ireland
Some of the Deak family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Deak family
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: John Deacon who settled in Maine in 1628; and Martha Deacon who settled in Virginia in 1637; Alice Deacon settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; Avis Deacon settled in Virginia in 1635.
Contemporary Notables of the name Deak (post 1700)
- Jon Deak (b. 1943), American composer, contrabassist, former Associate Principal Bassist of the New York Philharmonic (1973-2009)
- Steven Deak, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 2008 
- Gustav Deak, American politician, Representative from New Jersey 6th District, 1926 
- Frances Deak, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Democrats Abroad, 2000 
- Francis Deák (1803-1876), Hungarian statesman
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