The ancient name Waeke is a Norman name that would have been developed in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. This name was a name given to a watchful or vigilant
person having derived from the Old Norse word vakr,
A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. There is however, much discrepancy over the origin of the name. One source claims the name originates with Hugh Wac, lord of Wilesford, Lincolnshire
. Another claims the name originated with Hereward le Wake during the time of Edward the Confessor. And Archbishop Wake disowned the Norman ancestry thinking the name was originally Le Wake, or the Watchful, a skilled military commander. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Another source claims that the individual by the name of Wake recorded in the Roll of Battle Abbey was weary of Harold's rule and fled to Normandy
and while there "invited" Duke William to conquer Britain. Lord Wake who died in 1156, was founder of the Abbey of Brun and was claimed descent from Sir Thomas Wake, a gallant knight who fought with the Black Prince. He was sheriff of Northamptonshire under Edward II for many years. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Early Origins of the Waeke family
The surname Waeke was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Wilsford (Wivelesforde) and under tenants of Godfrey de Cambrai, and represented by Le Sire de Wake. Some of the earliest records reveal Baldwin Wake (died 1282), as a famous warrior and progenitor of the following early line of nobles: John Wake (died 1300), 1st Baron
Wake of Liddell and his son Thomas Wake (1297-1349), 2nd Baron
Wake of Liddell, an English baron; and daughter Margaret Wake (c.
1297-1349), wife of Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent
. This line belonged to the Lincolnshire
family which also had lands in Cumberland.
Early History of the Waeke family
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Waeke Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Waeke were recorded, including Wake, Waik, Wayke and others.
Early Notables of the Waeke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Waeke family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Waeke arrived in North America very early: John Wake, who settled in Jamaica in 1690; William Wake settled in Barbados in 1697.
The Waeke 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: Vigila et Ora
Motto Translation: Watch and Pray