The Harlake surname comes from the Old English words "har," meaning "grey" and "locc," which refers to a lock of hair. Thus the surname was most likely formed from a nickname
for someone with a patch of grey hair.
Early Origins of the Harlake family
The surname Harlake was first found in Hampshire
where the family name was first referenced in the year 1066 when Borewoldus Horloc held a family seat
at Winton. The name literally means "grey lock" from the Old English words "har" + "locc." CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Harlake family
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Harlake Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Harlake include Harlock, Horlock, Horlick, Harloch, Harlok, Horliche, Hollick and many more.
Early Notables of the Harlake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harlake family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Harlake were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Edward Harlock, who arrived in Maryland in 1653; Alice Hollick, who settled in Virginia in 1663; Abram Harlock, who came to Virginia in 1666; George Harlock, who settled in Maryland in 1667.