Jakes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Jakes was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the personal name Jacques, which is a form of the Latin name Jacobus. [1]

Early Origins of the Jakes family

The surname Jakes was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Nether Silton in the North Riding of Yorkshire. At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, Nether Silton was recorded as a village with a Hall and the tenant-in-chief was the Count of Mortain.

Further to the south in the parish of St. Just, Cornwall, the barton called Treveres or Treverys, a family called Jack formerly had a seat." [2]

Early History of the Jakes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jakes research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1639, 1628, 1613, 1818, 1653, 1639 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Jakes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jakes Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Jacques, Jaques, Jack, Jacks, Jackes, Jakes, Jeeks, Jeke, Jeex, Jaquiss, Jaquez and many more.

Early Notables of the Jakes family (pre 1700)

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Jakes Ranking

In the United States, the name Jakes is the 13,032nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Jakes family to Ireland

Some of the Jakes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Jakes migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Jakes or a variant listed above were:

Jakes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dorothy Jakes, aged 29, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Jo Jakes, aged 20, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • John Jakes, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [4]
  • Samuel Jakes, who landed in Virginia in 1698 [4]

Australia Jakes migration to Australia +

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

Jakes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Jakes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jakes (post 1700) +

  • T D Jakes (b. 1957), American pastor
  • John Jakes (b. 1932), American novelist
  • Robert III Jakes, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Yarmouth, 1938; SAINT Stephen, 1940; Bahia, 1943 [6]
  • Paul L. Jakes Jr., American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Chicago, Illinois, 2003 [6]
  • Gerald Jakes, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Prague, 1929 [6]
  • James Jakes (b. 1987), British racing driver who competed between 2002 and 2010


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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