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Where did the Scottish Doak family come from? What is the Scottish Doak family crest and coat of arms? When did the Doak family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Doak family history?

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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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.

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.


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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
  • Neil Doak (b. 1972), Irish former cricketer and rugby union player
  • Gary Doak (b. 1946), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman
  • David Doak, British video game designer


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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 2 September 2015 at 15:06.

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