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Oke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Oke is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived near a notable oak tree or near a group of oaks. The surname Oke is derived from the Old English word ac, which means oak. The surname Oke 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 Oke family


The surname Oke 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)

Early History of the Oke family


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Oke Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Oke has been spelled many different ways, including Oak, Oake, Oakes, Oke, Okes and others.

Early Notables of the Oke 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...
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Migration of the Oke family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Okes to arrive in North America:

Oke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eva Oke, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1902
  • John Oke, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • Gordon Oke, aged 25, who settled in America from Southampton, England, in 1910
  • J. H. Oke, aged 34, who settled in America from London, England, in 1915
  • Thomas Oke, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
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Oke Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Miles Oke, aged 23, who emigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1913
  • Alice Oke, aged 24, who settled in Change Islands, Newfoundland, in 1916
  • Mary Oke, aged 22, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1921
  • Lilla Belle Oke, aged 26, who emigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1923
  • Edward Oke, aged 52, who emigrated to Botwood, Newfoundland, in 1923
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Oke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Philip Oke, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM - EMIGRANT SHIP - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DavidMalcolm.htm

Contemporary Notables of the name Oke (post 1700)


  • Tosin Oke (b. 1980), English-born, five-time gold medalist Nigerian track and field athlete
  • Leslie Warner Oke (b. 1877), Canadian politician in Ontario
  • Femi Oke (b. 1966), British television presenter and journalist
  • Janette Oke (b. 1935), Canadian author from Champion, Alberta, Canada

The Oke 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM - EMIGRANT SHIP - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DavidMalcolm.htm

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