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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.

Deak Early Origins



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.

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Deak Spelling Variations


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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.

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Deak Early History


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Deak Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deak research. Another 376 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1212, 1256, 1327, 1332, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Deak History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Deak Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Deak Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Deak Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Deak In Ireland


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Deak In Ireland



Some of the Deak family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words (8 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



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Deak (post 1700)


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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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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In utrumque utroque paratus
Motto Translation: Prepared for both.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Deak Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deak 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 12 January 2016 at 14:53.

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