Hake 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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hake research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1273, 1375, 1579, 1567, 1567, 1579, 1576, 1578, 1586 and 1586 are included under the topic Early Hake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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 (pre 1700)

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 copy of the 1567 edition is known; 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...
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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 [6]
Hake Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joh Maximilian Hake, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1774 [6]
  • John Maximilian Hake who sailed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774
  • John Hake, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1786 [6]
  • Nicolaus Hake, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1798 [6]
  • 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 [6]
  • Frederick W C Hake, who arrived in Allegany (AlleghenY) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 [6]

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 [7]
  • C. Hake, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1849 [8]
  • Archibald Hake, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"
  • Mr. William I. Hake, (b. 1864), aged 22, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Merkara" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 9th February 1886 [9]

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 Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1936 [10]
  • 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.)


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES originally CHARLES FORBES 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirCharlesForbes.gif
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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