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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.
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  and literally means "place at the oak trees" from the Old Englisk word "ac" 
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.
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
- 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
- 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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- Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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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