Knoke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Knoke is thought to come from the Middle English phrase "atten okes," meaning "at the oaks;" as such it was likely originally a name for someone who lived by some oak trees.
Early Origins of the Knoke family
The surname Knoke was first found in Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat. This ancient Saxon name in derived from common usage from atte en Oak, a place designation, which originated in those counties surrounding London known as the home counties. including Sussex, Essex, and others. By 1326 the name was well entrenched in that region and Richard Attenok is recording with estates in Buckingham in 1275, and was succeeded by Richard Noke.
Early History of the Knoke family
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Knoke Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Nokes, Noakes, Knoakes, Noke, Noak, Knoak, Noaks, Nokes, Knokes, Nowkes, Noekes and many more.
Early Notables of the Knoke family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include James Nokes (Noke, Noak, Noakes) (died 1692), an English actor, whose laughter-arousing genius was well known. He was one of the male actors who played female roles in the newly reopened playhouses...
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Migration of the Knoke family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jo Nokes, who arrived in Barbados in 1634; Andrew Nokes, who settled in Virginia in 1650; William Nokes, who arrived in Virginia in 1654; George Noakes, who settled in Maryland in 1669.
Contemporary Notables of the name Knoke (post 1700) +
- Lawrence Knoke, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1952 
- Heinz Knoke, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 52 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
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