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Nokes Coat of Arms / Nokes Family Crest

Nokes Coat of Arms / Nokes Family Crest

The surname of NOKES was a locational name 'the dweller at the oak' from residence beside the oak trees. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land. The name was derived from the Old English word OCK. Habitation names are derived from names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named places, which include rivers, houses with signs on them, regions, or whole counties. The original bearer of the name who stayed in his area might be known by the name of his farm, or the locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could aquire the name of that county or the region from which he originated. Early records of the name mention Philip attenoke, during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). William Nokes of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) and Robertus Nok of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. A later instance of the name mentions Nicholas Firman and Ann Nokes who were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1637. The name has many variant spellings which include Noakes, Nocke and Noack. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France.


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Last Updated: May 9, 2020

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