name Liken comes from the family having resided in one of the places that was called Leake.
Early Origins of the Liken family
The surname Liken was first found in either Lincolnshire
which all have parishes names Leake. For some of the first listings of the family, we must look to Lincolnshire
where the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list the following: John de Lek; Roger de Leke; and Teobald de Lek as all living in that shire at that time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Willie's Lyke-Wake is a Child Ballad, one of 305 traditional ballads from England
, and their American variants listed in the 1904 Houghton Mifflin edition. Lyke-Wake Dirge is a traditional English song that is thought to have originated in the Yorkshire
Early History of the Liken family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Liken research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1581, 1655, 1627, 1679, 1660, 1633, 1681, 1656, 1720, 1710, 1712, 1708 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Liken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Liken Spelling Variations
Liken has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Leake, Leak, Leek, Leeke, Leyke and others.
Early Notables of the Liken family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Francis Leke, 1st Earl of Scarsdale (1581-1655) fought for the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; Sir Francis Leke, 1st Baronet
(1627-1679), an English soldier, administrator and Member of Parliament, High Sheriff
for 1660; William Leake, the father (died... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Liken Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Liken family to Ireland
Some of the Liken family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Liken family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Likens to arrive on North American shores: Augustine Leak, who came to Virginia in 1623; Winifred Leak, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; John Leak, who settled in Virginia in 1635; John Leak, who arrived in Barbados in 1658.
The Liken Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Agendo gnaviter
Motto Translation: By acting prudently.