Show ContentsRake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Welsh name Rake go back to the ancient Celtic culture that existed in the hills and Moors of Wales. The forbears that initially held the name Rake once lived near a pass or narrow valley. The surname Rake is derived from the Old English word hraca, which means throat. The surname Rake 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. However, the surname Rake may be derived from residence at The Rake in Sussex, at Raikes Farm in Surrey, or at Raikes in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In this case, the surname Rake belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Rake family

The surname Rake was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Rake family

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Rake Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Rake has seen various spelling variations: Raikes, Raike, Raik, Rakes, Rake and others.

Early Notables of the Rake family

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Rake Ranking

In the United States, the name Rake is the 12,970th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

United States Rake migration to the United States +

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Rake:

Rake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christine Rake, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Rake (post 1700) +

  • Dr Katherine Rake OBE, British Chief Executive of the Family and Parenting Institute
  • Rodolfo "Rudy" Rake (b. 1979), former professional tennis player from Peru
  • Sir Michael Rake (b. 1948), British Chairman of BT Group and easyJet, as well as deputy chairman of Barclays PLC

The Rake 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: Honestum praeferre utili
Motto Translation: To prefer the honest to the profitable.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook