Show ContentsHake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Viking settlers of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Hake. It was a nickname for a hooked or crooked person. This nickname was originally derived from the Old Norse word haki which meant "hook" or "something crooked." [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been a patronymic for " the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Hake.' " [2]

And another source believes the name has the same origin as "Haig and Haigh; from Haigh co. Lancaster or from Anglo-Saxon 'hagen,' a hay, hedge, meadow. " [3]

Early Origins of the Hake family

The surname Hake was first found in the county of Norfolk where Turkil Hako was listed there in Domesday Book [4]. Later the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire listed Leuiua filia Hacke as holding lands there in 1218 - a very rare entry for a female or "daughter" to hold lands at that time. Later again, Gilbert Hale was listed in the Feet of Fines of Staffordshire in 1257. [5]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had the following entries as both a forename and surname: Hacca filius Pictavini; Peter filius Hake, Lincolnshire; Haco le Muner, Suffolk; and Hako Strek, Suffolk. [2]

Early History of the Hake family

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Hake Spelling Variations

Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations of Hake include Hake, Hakes, Hakke, Hacke and others.

Early Notables of the Hake family

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was

  • Edward Hake, (fl. 1579), an English satirist who was patronized by the Earl of Leicester, known for his Newes out of Paules Churchyarde, A Trappe for Syr Monye, whi was first published in 1567. No cop...
  • but the work was reprinted in 1579. "From the dedication to the Earl of Leicester we learn that at this date Hake was under-steward of New Windsor. On 16 Sept. 1576 he was acting as recorder at that t...
  • on 10 Aug. 1586, the Queen being at Windsor was received in state by the corporation, ‘when she was addressed by Edward Hake, Mayor, in behalf of the said town
  • ’ and on 7 Sept. 1586, the Queen's birthday, Hake delivered an oration in her honour at the Guildhall." [6]

Hake Ranking

In the United States, the name Hake is the 7,331st most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [7]

United States Hake migration to the United States +

In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Hake name:

Hake Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Hake, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [8]
Hake Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joh Maximilian Hake, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1774 [8]
  • John Maximilian Hake who sailed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774
  • John Hake, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1786 [8]
  • Nicolaus Hake, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1798 [8]
  • Nicolaus Hake who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1798
Hake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Chr Hake, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1807 [8]
  • Frederick W C Hake, who arrived in Allegany (AlleghenY) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 [8]

Australia Hake migration to Australia +

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

Hake Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mark Hake, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • Mr. Anthony Hake, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 14 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [10]
  • Mr. William Hake, (b. 1796), aged 50, English farm labourer who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "China" on 84th January 1846, arriving in Norfolk Island, Australia [11]
  • C. Hake, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1849 [12]
  • Archibald Hake, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hake (post 1700) +

  • Richard Hake (1969-2020), American journalist and reporter for WNYC, one of the hosts of the weekly morning program, Morning Edition
  • Edward W. Hake (1904-1978), American football player, member of the 1927 College Football All-America Team
  • Samuel S. Hake, American politician, Mayor of East St. Louis, Illinois (1875-1876)
  • Harry Hake (1871-1955), American architect in Cincinnati, Ohio; his son and grandson would continue to business, collectively known as Hake & Son, Hake & Hake, Jr., and Hake & Partners at various times
  • Sabine Hake, American Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture at the University of Texas, Austin
  • Benjamin F. Hake (1895-1973), American petroleum geologist who helped explore the Mexican oil fields in Baja California
  • Herb Hake (1903-1980), American author, cartoonist, radio, and television personality
  • W. O. Hake, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1936 [13]
  • Patricia Elvi Hake (b. 1931), birth name of Elvi Hale, a British BAFTA Award nominated actress, best known for her performance in Wendy Toye's True as a Turtle (1957)
  • Sir Henry Mendelssohn Hake CBE FSA FRHistS (1892-1951), English Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, (1927-1951), grandson of Thomas Gordon Hake
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  3. Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
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  6. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  8. 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)
  9. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from
  10. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from
  11. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 5th February 2021 from
  12. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES originally CHARLES FORBES 1849. Retrieved from
  13. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook