The earliest origins of the Dookes surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who behaved in a regal or noble manner, like a Duke.
The surname Dookes 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 Dookes family
The surname Dookes 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 Dookes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dookes 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 Dookes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dookes Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Dookes are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Dookes include: Duke, Dukes, Dook, Dooke, Dooks, Dookes and others.
Early Notables of the Dookes 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 Dookes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dookes family to Ireland
Some of the Dookes 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 Dookes family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dookes or a variant listed above: 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.