Drake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Drake family

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]

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]

The famed Sir Francis Drake held estates in the parish of Meavy in Devon and remains of his ancient mansion can still be seen today. [1]

Important Dates for the Drake family

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Drake Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Drake family (pre 1700)

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), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in two parliaments between...
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Migration of the Drake family to Ireland

Some of the Drake family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Drake migration to the United States

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, who settled in Nantasket Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Drake, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630 [2]
  • Isack Drake, aged 25, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [2]
  • Jo Drake, aged 18, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [2]
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Drake Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Drake, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Margaret Drake, who landed in Virginia in 1724 [2]
  • Samuel Drake, who landed in Virginia in 1735 [2]
  • Hannah Drake, who landed in Virginia in 1751 [2]
Drake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Drake, who landed in America in 1809 [2]
  • Sam A Drake, who arrived in America in 1810 [2]
  • Henry Drake, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Daniel Drake, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1842 [2]
  • Francis Drake, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1844 [2]
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Drake migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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, who settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1760 [3]
  • Mr. William Draper U.E. (b. 1745) born in Killingly, Connecticut, USA who settled in Canada c. 1781 [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Drake Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Drake, aged 23, who 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 migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Drake Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Drake, a glass-cutter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Drake, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [5]
  • Joseph Drake, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849 [6]
  • William Drake, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849 [5]

Drake migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Drake Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas John Drake, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • Thomas John Drake, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Ceres Selina Drake, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Ceres Drake, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • James C Drake, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Fifeshire
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Contemporary Notables of the name Drake (post 1700)

  • Darryl Drake (1956-2019), American football player and coach
  • Thomas Edwin "Tom" Drake (1930-2017), American attorney, professional wrestler and politician, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives (1983-1987)
  • 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) [7]
  • Sir James Drake, American Director of Leonard Fairclough Ltd
  • Joseph Rodman Drake, American poet
  • ... (Another 95 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Drake family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. William Leonard  Drake (1897-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. John Richardson Drake (1919-1941), Australian Stoker from Altona, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Albert Reginald Drake (1916-1941), Australian Able Seaman from St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Alfred C Drake, British Leading Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
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 [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ANNA MARIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849AnnaMaria.htm
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Charles Drake. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Drake/Charles_Chisholm/USA.html
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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