The ancient roots of the Oake family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Oake comes from when the family lived near a notable oak tree or near a group of oaks. The surname Oake is derived from the Old English word ac,
which means oak.
The surname Oake belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
Early Origins of the Oake family
The surname Oake was first found in Somerset
where Oake is a village and civil parish that dates back to before the Norman Copnquest when it was listed as Acon in 897. The place was listed as Acha in the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally means "place at the oak trees" from the Old Englisk word "ac" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Oake family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oake research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1662, 1645, 1631, 1681, 1640, 1675, 1680, 1680, 1681, 1644 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Oake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oake Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Oake has appeared include Oak, Oake, Oakes, Oke, Okes and others.
Early Notables of the Oake family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Okey (1606-1662), an English soldier, Member of Parliament, one of the regicides of King Charles I; Nicholas Okes (died 1645), an English printer in London, best remembered for printing works of English Renaissance
drama including works by William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, John... Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Oake family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Oake arrived in North America very early:
Oake Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jan Oake, who settled in New York in 1687
- Jan Oake, who arrived in New York in 1687 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Oake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- M.A. Oake, aged 43, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
Oake Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mary Ann Oake, aged 47, who emigrated to America from Birmingham, in 1900
- Sarah Oake, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
- Sarah Oake, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1911
- Richard W. Oake, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1911
- Albert C. Oake, aged 39, who settled in America from London, England, in 1913
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Oake Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Margaret Oake, aged 47, who emigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1910
Contemporary Notables of the name Oake (post 1700)
- Brian Oake, American radio broadcast personality in the Minneapolis, Minnesota
- H. M. Oake, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1908 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- DC Stephen Robin Oake QGM (d. 2003), English police officer killed in the line of duty
- Brendan Oake (b. 1985), Australian rugby league player
- Robin Oake QPM, former Chief Constable of the Isle of Man Constabulary
- Scott Oake, Gemini Award winning Canadian sportscaster for CBC Sports
The Oake 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: Quercus robur salus patria
Motto Translation: The strength of the oak is the safety of our country.