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The Oakes name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived near a notable oak tree or near a group of oaks. The surname Oakes is derived from the Old English word ac, which means oak. The surname Oakes 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.

Oakes Early Origins



The surname Oakes 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]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" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Oakes Spelling Variations


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Oakes Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Oakes has undergone many spelling variations, including Oak, Oake, Oakes, Oke, Okes and others.

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Oakes Early History


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Oakes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oakes 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 Oakes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Oakes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Oakes Early Notables (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 Oakes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Oakes were among those contributors:

Oakes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Simon Oakes, who arrived in New England in 1632
  • Greg Oakes, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Edward Oakes, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Urian Oakes, who arrived in New England in 1649
  • John Oakes, who arrived in Maryland in 1672
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Oakes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rachel Oakes, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Thomas Oakes, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1774

Oakes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Oakes, who landed in America in 1801-1802
  • Henry Oakes, who arrived in New York in 1826
  • R M Oakes, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • A Oakes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Oakes, aged 35, landed in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Oakes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Oakes (post 1700)



  • Ennis Telfair "Rebel" Oakes (1883-1948), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1909 to 1915
  • Sir Harry Oakes (1874-1943), 1st Baronet, an American-born, Canadian gold mine owner, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist who moved the the Bahamas who was murdered in his mansion in 1943
  • Jill Pauline Oakes (b. 1984), American soccer defender, member of the United States National Team (2005-)
  • James Lowell Oakes (1924-2007), American senior circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Charles A. Oakes, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2004, 2008
  • Charles Oakes (b. 1959), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 2004
  • Carroll Oakes, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1956
  • Calvin H. Oakes, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Genoa, 1932
  • Calvin Oakes, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1944, 1948; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Claremont 1st Ward, 1948
  • Brian Austin Oakes, American Democrat politician, Chair of Morgan County Democratic Party, 2003
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Oakes Historic Events


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Oakes Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Henrietta  Oakes (1857-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Oakes, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Oakes


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Suggested Readings for the name Oakes



  • Oakes and Relatives by Fred Arthur Oakes.
  • The Oakes Diaries by James Oakes.

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Motto


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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.


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Citations



  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. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  11. ...

The Oakes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oakes 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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