Shake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Shake family

The surname Shake was first found in Lancashire at Shakerley, which is now a suburb of Tyldesley in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester. Shakerley is derived from the Old English words "sceacere" + "leah" and literally meant "robbers woodland glade or clearing." [1]

The earliest record of the place name was Shakerlee in 1210. Adam de Shakerley was the first of the name living in the area about 1200.

Early History of the Shake family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shake research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1650, 1631, 1651 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Shake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shake Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shakerley, Shackerly, Shackerley, Shack and many more.

Early Notables of the Shake family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Jeremy Shakerley ( fl. 1650), English astronomer and mathematician, was author of 'The Anatomy of Urania Practica,' or a short Mathematical Discourse. "Shakerley's chief claim to distinction is as the second observer of the transit of Mercury. The first transit was observed in 1631. According to...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shake Ranking

In the United States, the name Shake is the 18,444th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]


United States Shake migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shake Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christaf Shake, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [3]


The Shake 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: Antiquum Obtinens
Motto Translation: Possessing our ancient honour.


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ 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)


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