name Deke comes from the personal name
David. Daw was a common diminutive of David in the Middle Ages. The surname is a compound of daw
and literally means "the kin of David." Over time there were changes in pronunciation and spelling, leading to many different variants of the name.
Early Origins of the Deke family
The surname Deke was first found in Rutland where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Deke family
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Deke Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Deke were recorded, including Dakin, Dakins, Dakyn, Daykin, Daykins, Daken, Deakin, Daikins, Daikyns, Daikin, Dayken, Daiken, Deakyn, Deake, Deaken and many more.
Early Notables of the Deke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deke family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Deke family emigrate to North America: Mr. Daken who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766; Gilbert Dakins settled in Virginia in 1638; Thomas Dakin settled in Concord. Some members of the name settled in Newfoundland between 1850 and 1871..