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Drake is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is a name for a a fierce, powerful person. The surname Drake is derived from the Old English word draca or from the Old Danish word draki, which both mean dragon. Although these words became the Old English word drake, which also means male duck, and the surname Drake may have also been applied to someone who had a duck-like gait.

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The surname Drake was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from ancient times. The surname comes from the Anglo-Saxon word "draca" which means a dragon or sea serpent. Soon after the Norman invasion in 1066 the name made its appearance in the Isle of Wight and Hampshire area in the south of England. Leuing Drache, who spelled his name with an early Norman variant, held land in Hampshire at this time. The parish of Musbury, Devon played an important part in the family's early lineage. "This place was the residence of the Drake family, from the time of Henry VII., for several generations. The church is a very ancient structure, with a south aisle added towards the close of the fifteenth century, by the Drake family, to whom it contains some monuments. Ash House, now occupied as a farmhouse, derives interest from having been the birthplace, in 1650, of the renowned Duke of Marlborough, whose mother was then on a visit to her father, Sir John Drake." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
And over in Yarcombe, again in Devon, another branch of the family was found. "It comprises about 5000 acres, and is the property of Sir H. F. T. S. Drake, to whose ancestor, Sir Francis, one moiety of the manor was granted by Queen Elizabeth." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Drake has been recorded under many different variations, including Drake, Drakes, Draike, Drayke, Draykes, Draikes and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drake research. Another 419 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1205, 1273, 1303, 1581, 1581, 1660, 1700, 1540, 1596, 1588, 1637, 1625, 1629, 1617, 1662, 1646, 1662, 1608, 1669, 1625, 1669, 1660 and are included under the topic Early Drake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral (1540-1596), an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, a renowned pirate, and politician, according to Forbes, he was the second highest earning pirate who had a wealth of over 115 million in today's dollars; Sir Francis Drake, 1st Baronet (1588-1637)...

Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Drake family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Drake or a variant listed above:

Drake Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Drake who landed in Massachusetts in 1620
  • Elizabeth Drake settled in Nantasket Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Drake, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Isack Drake, aged 25, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • Jo Drake, aged 18, landed in St Christopher in 1635
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Drake Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Drake, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Margaret Drake, who landed in Virginia in 1724
  • Samuel Drake, who landed in Virginia in 1735
  • Hannah Drake, who landed in Virginia in 1751

Drake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Drake, who landed in America in 1809
  • Sam A Drake, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Henry Drake, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Daniel Drake, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1842
  • Francis Drake, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1844
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Drake Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Francis Drake, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Elis Drake, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Francis William Drake settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1760
  • Mr. William Draper U.E. (b. 1745) born in Killingly, Connecticut, USA who settled in Canada c. 1781
  • Mr. Joseph Drake U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 38 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York
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Drake Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Drake, aged 23, landed in Canada in 1823
  • Isaac Drake, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • John Drake, who landed in Canada in 1841
  • Albee Drake, who arrived in Canada in 1841
  • Robert Drake, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Drake Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Drake, a glass-cutter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Drake, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer"
  • Joseph Drake arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849
  • William Drake arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849

Drake Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas John Drake landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • Thomas John Drake, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Ceres Selina Drake, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Ceres Drake, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • James C Drake landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Fifeshire
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  • Larry Richard Drake (1949-2016), American actor, voice artist, and comedian
  • Jack E. Drake (1934-2015), American politician, Member of the Iowa House of Representatives (1993-2003) and (2003-2013)
  • Ervin Drake (1919-2015), born Ervin Maurice Druckman, an American songwriter, best known for his songs "I Believe" and "It Was a Very Good Year"
  • Bill Drake (1937-2008), born Philip Yarbrough, American radio programmer who co-developed the Boss Radio format
  • Edwin Laurentine "Colonel" Drake (1819-1890), American oil pioneer credited with being the first to drill for oil in the United States
  • Brigadier-General Charles Chisholm Drake (1887-1984), American Executive Assistant to the Quartermaster-General (1946)
  • Sir James Drake, American Director of Leonard Fairclough Ltd
  • Robert L. Drake, American politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 30th Circuit, 1966
  • Roland C. Drake, American politician, Burgess of Sayre, Pennsylvania, 1954-56
  • Rufus Drake, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Winchester, 1836-37
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Drake Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. William Leonard† Drake (1897-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. John Richardson Drake (1919-1941), Australian Stoker from Altona, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Albert Reginald Drake (1916-1941), Australian Able Seaman from St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Alfred C Drake, British Leading Telegraphist, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Bernard Audley Mervyn Drake, English 1st Class Passenger residing in Detroit, Michigan, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • The Alford-Drake Family of Middle Tennessee, With Ancestors, Descendants, and Allied Families by Naomi M. Hailey.
  • Descendants of Jesse Shelton and Some Related Families: Drake, Foster, Gibson, Hamby, Keele, Martin by Cecil and Louise Shelton.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Aquila non captat muscas
Motto Translation: The eagle is no fly-catcher.

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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