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Where did the English Oakes family come from? What is the English Oakes family crest and coat of arms? When did the Oakes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Oakes family history?

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.


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.

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]


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.


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


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

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
  • Jas Oakes, aged 35, landed in New York in 1854


  • John Bertram Oakes (1913-2001), influential U.S. journalist and Rhodes Scholar
  • James Lowell Oakes (1924-2007), American senior circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Jill Pauline Oakes (b. 1984), American soccer defender, member of the United States National Team (2005-)
  • 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
  • Ennis Telfair "Rebel" Oakes (1883-1948), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1909 to 1915
  • Stefan Trevor Oakes (b. 1978), English footballer
  • Scott Oakes (b. 1972), English former professional footballer who played from 1989 to 2008
  • Michael Christian Oakes (b. 1973), English former professional footballer who played from 1991 to 2008, member of the England National Team (1994-1996)
  • James "Jimmy" Oakes (1902-1992), English footballer who played from 1923 to 1939
  • Thomas Frank Oakes (1874-1900), English professional footballer who played in the late 1800s and early 1900s



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

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. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  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. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  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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