Hoke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Hoke date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hoke family lived in the place called Hooke in Devon.

Early Origins of the Hoke family

The surname Hoke was first found in Devon where one of the first records of the name was found in 1050-71 in a reference of Old English Bynames of Devon. Later in the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire, the Latin form of the name, Hervicus and Richard Hoc were listed in 1218. By 1230, the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire has listed John Hook; the first listing of the name as it is more commonly spelt today. [1] "The surname was written in the XIV century as atte Hooke, and this by crasis sometimes became Tooke. It may be mentioned that Hoke, as a personal name, occurs in Saxon times. " [2]

Important Dates for the Hoke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoke research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1270, 1275, 1296, 1417, 1636, 1575, 1580, 1658, 1640, 1642, 1635, 1703, 1655 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Hoke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoke Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hoke are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hoke include: Hook, Hooke, Hoke and others.

Early Notables of the Hoke family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Rev. Thomas Huyck DCL (died 1575), Chancellor of the Diocese of London; Sir Richard Hook of Scotland; Humphrey Hooke (1580-1658), a Member of Parliament for Bristol...
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Migration of the Hoke family to Ireland

Some of the Hoke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoke migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hoke or a variant listed above:

Hoke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Hoke, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1765
  • George Hoke, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [3]
Hoke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Hoke to Philadelphia in 1856

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoke (post 1700)

  • William Alexander Hoke (1851-1925), American politician, Chief Justice of North Carolina Supreme Court (1924-1925)
  • Michael Hoke (1874-1944), American leading orthopedic surgeon, Medical Director of the Institution for the Treatment of Infantile Paralysis in Warm Springs, Georgia
  • Martin R. Hoke (b. 1952), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1993-1997)
  • Jacob Hoke (1825-1893), American merchant and businessman from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Jon Hoke (b. 1957), American NFL defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears
  • Eldon Hoke (1958-1997), American musician, nicknamed El Duce
  • Robert Frederick Hoke (1837-1912), American businessman, railroad executive, Confederate Army general during the American Civil War
  • Brady Hoke (b. 1958), American head coach of the University of Michigan football team
  • John F. Hoke, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate, 1850-55; Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Lincoln County, 1860, 1865-66 [4]
  • Henry Hoke, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Lincoln County, 1803-04 [4]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  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, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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