Hakes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A Viking family in ancient Scotland was the first to use the name Hakes. It was a name for a crooked person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. There were two senses in which this nickname was used. The first was for a person with a crooked back: for a humpback. The other way in which this name was used was for a person with a crooked sense of morals: a crook. This nickname was originally derived from the Old Norse word haki which meant "hook" or "something crooked."

Early Origins of the Hakes family

The surname Hakes was first found in the county of Norfolk where Turkil Hako was listed there in Domesday Book [1]. Much later Gilbert Hake was listed in the Feet of Fines of Staffordshire in 1257. [2]

Important Dates for the Hakes family

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

Hakes Spelling Variations

Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Hakes has been spelled Hake, Hakes, Hakke, Hacke and others.

Early Notables of the Hakes family (pre 1700)

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Hakes migration to the United States

The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Hakes family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Hakes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hakes, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [3]
  • Thomas Hakes who died at Jamestown, Virginia in 1623
  • Richard Hakes, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hakes (post 1700)

  • Willis J. Hakes, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932, 1936, 1952 [4]
  • W. H. Hakes, American politician, Mayor of Texarkana, Texas, 1875-76 [4]
  • Montague Hakes, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1912 [4]
  • Jack S. Hakes, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 96th District, 1970 [4]
  • Horace W. Hakes, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1916 [4]
  • Harlo Hakes, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Steuben County 3rd District, 1856; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 29th District, 1874 [4]
  • A. D. Hakes, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 44th District, 1948 [4]


  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. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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