The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Dooke family have grown. The name Dooke was given to a member of the family who was a person who behaved in a regal or noble manner, like a Duke.
The surname Dooke 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 Dooke family
The surname Dooke 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 Dooke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dooke 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 Dooke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dooke Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dooke family name include Duke, Dukes, Dook, Dooke, Dooks, Dookes and others.
Early Notables of the Dooke 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 Dooke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dooke family to Ireland
Some of the Dooke 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 Dooke family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Dooke surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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.