Draks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Draks is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Draks family lived in Yorkshire at Drax, which dates back to at least the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was listed as Drac. Later in the 11th century, the parish was known as Drachs. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Draks family

The surname Draks was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Drax, a parish, in the union of Selby, Lower division of the wapentake of Barkstone-Ash. [3]

Early History of the Draks family

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Draks Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Drax, Dracks and others.

Early Notables of the Draks family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Drage (1637?-1669), English medical writer, a native of Northamptonshire, born in or about 1637. [4] Thomas Draxe (d. 1618), was an English divine, born at Stoneleigh, near Coventry, Warwickshire, 'his father...
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United States Draks migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Draks or a variant listed above:

Draks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Jacob Draks, who arrived in New York in 1709 [5]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)


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