The name Dewkes is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was a person who behaved in a regal or noble manner, like a Duke.
The surname Dewkes is derived from the various Old English words duc, duk, duke, douc,
which all came from the Old French word duc.
This ultimately came from the Latin word dux,
which means leader,
and is a derivative of the verb ducere,
which means to lead.
Undoubtedly, this was often a nickname
, since many captains or leaders of military forces were titled landholders who would have derived their surnames from their estates. Nevertheless, it may have also been applied as an occupational
name to a military leader or to someone employed in a ducal household.
Early Origins of the Dewkes family
The surname Dewkes was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Dewkes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dewkes research.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1604, 1671, 1640, 1632, 1705, 1679, 1658, 1711, 1563, 1590 and are included under the topic Early Dewkes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dewkes Spelling Variations
Dewkes has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Dewkes have been found, including Duke, Dukes, Dook, Dooke, Dooks, Dookes and others.
Early Notables of the Dewkes family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Edward Duke, 1st Baronet
(c.1604-1671), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England
in 1640; and his son, Sir John Duke, 2nd Baronet
(1632-1705), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Orford in 1679; Richard Duke (1658-1711), an... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dewkes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dewkes family to Ireland
Some of the Dewkes family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dewkes family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Dewkess to arrive on North American shores: Edward Duke, who sailed to New England
in 1634; George Duke, who sailed to Virginia in 1648; Henry Duke, who sailed to Barbados with his wife and servants, in 1680.