Eyrake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Eyrake is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the Old Danish and Old Swedish name Erik and the Old Norse name Eiríkr. Many Scandinavian personal names were left in the British Isles as a legacy of the Viking raids which plagued the coastal regions of Britain from the 8th to 10th centuries, and many of these eventually became Anglo-Saxon surnames.

Early Origins of the Eyrake family

The surname Eyrake was first found in Leicestershire. The name was listed as Eiric, Eric and Erish in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1] John Eirich was the first listing of the family in Leicestershire in 1211. [2] "There is a tradition that the most ancient family of the Ericks derive lineage from Erick the Forester, a great commander, who raised an army to oppose the invasion of William the Conqueror, by whom he was vanquished, but afterwards employed to command that prince's forces, and in old age retired to his house in Leicestershire, where his family hath continued ever since." [3]

Important Dates for the Eyrake family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eyrake research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1557, 1753, 1658, 1695, 1591 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Eyrake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eyrake Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Eyrake has undergone many spelling variations, including Herrick, Herricke and others.

Early Notables of the Eyrake family (pre 1700)

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eyrake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Eyrake family to Ireland

Some of the Eyrake family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Eyrake family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Eyrake were among those contributors: Jacob Herrick settled in New York in 1646; Henry Herrick settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; Thomas Herrick settled in Virginia in 1636.

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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