Dooks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Dooks comes from a name for a person who behaved in a regal or noble manner, like a Duke. The surname Dooks is derived from the various Old English words duc, duk, duke, douc, and doke, 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 Dooks family

The surname Dooks was first found in Devon having descended from Osmond le Duc, Alexander and Robert le Duke who were listed in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae 1180-98. [1] Roger le Duke was Lord Mayor of London from 1227 to 1230.

"Duke was the name of an old influential Sussex family dating back to the reign of Henry VI.. There are also a few of the name in Dorset. Duke is also a widely - spread name amongst the gentry of the south of England, many of the families being connected and bearing the same arms. From the Dukes of Power Hayes and Otterton, Devon, sprang the Dukes of Wiltshire. " [2]

The Duke baronets are now both extinct but Sir Edward Duke, 1st Baronet (c.1604-1670) was the first Duke of Benhall, Suffolk (1661) and Sir James Duke, 1st Baronet (1792-1873), was Duke of London (1849.)

Early History of the Dooks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dooks research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1604, 1671, 1640, 1632, 1705, 1679, 1563, 1590, 1658, 1711, 1670 and are included under the topic Early Dooks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dooks Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Dooks include Duke, Dukes, Dook, Dooke, Dooks, Dookes and others.

Early Notables of the Dooks 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; and Edmund Duke (1563-1590), English Roman Catholic priest and martyr who was found in the presence of Richard...
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dooks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Dooks family to Ireland

Some of the Dooks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Dooks migration to Canada +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dooks or a variant listed above:

Dooks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ann, John and Sarah Dooks, who sailed to Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Ann Dooks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • John Dooks, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Sarah Dooks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774

Contemporary Notables of the name Dooks (post 1700) +


    Halifax Explosion
    • Mr. Willoughby W.  Dooks (1872-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [3]


    1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
    2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
    3. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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