Loake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Loake family
The surname Loake was first found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Pùballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area. They were from the locality known as Portmoore Loch in the parish of Eddleston in Peeblesshire. Literally, the name means "a place where rivers meet with a partial obstruction from a wooden dam. "  Later they acquired the lands of Gillemorestun in 1189. John Loch of Roxburghshire represented his Clan when he rendered homage in 1296 to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland. Malise Lock was taken prisoner at Dunbar Castle in the same year.  Further to the south, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Geoffrey Loc, or Lock in Suffolk; and William Lock in Oxfordshire.  Kirby's Quest lists John Loke in Somerset, 1 Edward III. (during the first year of Edward III's reign.) 
Early History of the Loake family
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Loake Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Loch, Lock, Locke, Lochlair, Locklair and others.
Early Notables of the Loake family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was George Lock, Bishop of Glasgow; Matthew Locke (ca. 1621-1677), an English Baroque composer and music theorist; and John Locke (1632-1704), known as the...
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Migration of the Loake family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: George Loch, who settled in Louisiana in 1722 with his wife and children, John Lock, who settled in Barbados in 1654; Robert Lock, who settled in Virginia in 1653.
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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: Assiduitate, non desdia
Motto Translation: By assiduity, not by sloth.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.