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Rakes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Welsh name Rakes go back to the ancient Celtic culture that existed in the hills and Moors of Wales. The forbears that initially held the name Rakes once lived near a pass or narrow valley. The surname Rakes is derived from the Old English word hraca, which means throat. The surname Rakes 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 Rakes 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 Rakes belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Rakes family

The surname Rakes 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 Rakes family

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Rakes Spelling Variations

The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Rakes have included Raikes, Raike, Raik, Rakes, Rake and others.

Early Notables of the Rakes family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Rakes family to the New World and Oceana

North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Rakes:

Rakes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Rakes, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Phyllis Rakes and her husband settled in Antigua in 1684

Rakes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Weston Rakes, who settled in Virginia in 1752

Contemporary Notables of the name Rakes (post 1700)

  • Palmer Crawford "Pal" Rakes, American country music singer from Tampa, Florida
  • Joel Rakes (b. 1986), American singer-songwriter and musician based in Nashville, Tennessee

The Rakes 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.

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