The name Voak reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Voak family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Voak is based on the Norman personal name Fulco.
The line of this name descends from the noble house of Fulco
Nerra, who held the title of Count of Anjou
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Guido Fitz-Fulco of Normandy
was listed in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae (1180-1195.)
Early Origins of the Voak family
The surname Voak was first found in Norfolk
where they were granted lands by William de Warrene. The first confirmed record of the family was Folco or Fulco who was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Rotuli Curiae Regis rolls list Robert, Geoffry, Theobald, William F. Fulco in England
The mix of forename and surname entries continued for some time as the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists Folkes (without surname) in Cambridgeshire; John Folke in Cambridgeshire; and Matilda Folkis in Buckinghamshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The ffolkes variant was first coined by Sir Martin Browne ffolkes, 1st Baronet, FRS (1749-1821.) He was born Martin Folkes but chose to use the "ffolkes" spelling later in life. His descendants continued the tradition.
Early History of the Voak family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Voak research.Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1653, 1685, 1596, 1662, 1644, 1652, 1638, 1710, 1690, 1765, 1690 and 1754 are included under the topic Early Voak History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Voak Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Voak are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Voak include Folke, Folk, Folkes, Fulke, Fooke, Fooks, Foolk, Fowke and many more.
Early Notables of the Voak family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Fowke (c.
1596-1662), an English merchant and politician, Sheriff of London in 1644 and Lord Mayor of London in 1652; Phineas Fowke, M.D. (1638-1710), an... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Voak Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Voak family to Ireland
Some of the Voak family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 106 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Voak family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Voak Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles Joseph Voak, aged 13, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- Margaret Voak, aged 34, a laundress, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- Bridget Voak, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- Margaret Voak, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- William Henry Voak, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
The Voak 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: Qui sera sera
Motto Translation: Whatever will be.