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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.


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 [1] and literally means "place at the oak trees" from the Old Englisk word "ac" [2]

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.


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.


Another 201 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 settled in New York in 1687
  • Jan Oake, who arrived in New York in 1687

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

Oake Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Margaret Oake, aged 47, who emigrated to St. Johns, Newfoundland, in 1910


  • Brian Oake, American radio broadcast personality in the Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • H. M. Oake, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1908
  • 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 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.


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Oake Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oake Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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