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The tale of the name Doak begins with a family who lived in the Kilmadok district of Scotland. The Scottish Doak surname is derived from the Gaelic Mac Gille Doig, which means "son of the servant of St. Cadog." The personal name Cadog was Welsh, and has no connection to the name of the animal.

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The surname Doak was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times.

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Doak has been spelled Doig, Dog, Doeg, Doige, Doag, Doak, Doake, Doack and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doak research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1372, 1491, 1502, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Doak History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Doak Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Doak family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Doak:

Doak Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Robert Doak, who arrived in New England in 1719

Doak Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Doak, who landed in America in 1804
  • David Doak, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Margaret Doak, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Michael Doak, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • John Doak, who arrived in America in 1848


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  • William N. Doak (1882-1933), American labor leader, United States Secretary of Labor (1930 to 1933)
  • Tom Doak, American golf course architect
  • Sloan Doak (1886-1965), American equestrian who competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Samuel Doak (1749-1830), American Presbyterian clergyman and educator
  • Charles "Chick" Doak, American baseball coach
  • Bill Doak (1891-1954), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Matthew Doak, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2012
  • L. R. Doak, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Doddridge County, 1927-28
  • J. K. Doak, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1880
  • Betty Doak, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1960

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  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  5. 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.
  6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  7. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
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The Doak Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Doak 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 13 December 2015 at 16:22.

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