Early Origins of the Wilake family
The surname Wilake was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Widelake. Cornwall
was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany
than to England
. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon
Early History of the Wilake family
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Wilake Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Midlake, Willake, Wilake, Wydlake, Wyllake and others.
Early Notables of the Wilake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wilake family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edward Widlake, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1817; George Widlake, who also came to Philadelphia in 1817; as well as John Wedlake, who was naturalized in DeKalb County, Illinois in 1872..
The Wilake 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: Dieu, et mon Droit
Motto Translation: God and my right