Dokes is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was a name given to a person who behaved in a regal or noble manner, like a Duke.
The surname Dokes 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 Dokes family
The surname Dokes 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 Dokes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dokes 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 Dokes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dokes 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 Dokes were recorded, including Duke, Dukes, Dook, Dooke, Dooks, Dookes and others.
Early Notables of the Dokes 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 Dokes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dokes family to Ireland
Some of the Dokes 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 Dokes 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 Dokes family emigrate to North America: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dokes (post 1700)
- Eugene Dokes, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives 70th District, 2012