Hake Family
Descendants of John Hake of Devon, England (alive 1606)

The direct line to Libby Shade (the author of this website) is believed to be
(1) John Hake & Grace
(2) Robert Hake
(3) Robert Hake & Mary Keene
(4) Robert Hake & Sarah Haiwood
(5) John Hake & Mary Light
(6) George Hake & Ann Hoyle
(7) Robert Hake & Ann Bedford
(8) Robert Hake & Frances Marsh
(9) Sidney Hake & Charlotte Helen Hemsley
(10) Dora Beatrice Hake & Percival Serle (goes to SERLE tree)
(11) Katharine Beatrice Serle & John Sampson Grierson (goes to GRIERSON tree).

This tree has been changed and improved in regard to generations 3, 4 and 5
as a result of further investigation of the parish and other records.
Unknown issues remain, due to loss of early records in WW2
and an absence of written material from the earliest times.

A family headed by George Hake, a taylor, lived at Broad Clyst and
probably had the following children: Martha (1769), Thomas (1787),
George (1789), John (1792), Anna (1794). George then died in 1796.
It is known that son Thomas moved to Guernsey and he subsequently
had many descendants there and in Australia. It has not been possible
to fit George and family here, though future analysis of DNA might help.

Recent Changes

Complete reorganisation and revision of website including changes to the direct line of descent completed 27 Feb 2021
Feoffment deed of 1606 added on generation 1 28 Nov 2020
Robert Hake's Will added on generation 7 28 Oct 2020

An online surname database describes the name as follows: "Recorded as Hake and Hakes, this is an English surname, but one of early Scandinavian origins. It is well recorded in the eastern counties of England, those areas under pre 9th century Danish Viking influence. It derives from the Danish word 'hake', meaning a hook, and may have been originally used as a nickname for a person with an interesting profile, or alternatively, as an occupational name for a merchant or trader. The ultimate derivation is probably from the German word 'hoken', which had the early meaning of 'to carry things about (on one's back)'. The English word 'hawker' comes from a medieval adaptation of this term. The following examples illustrate the name development following the Norman Conquest of 1066 (see below) and include Leuiua Filia Hacke in the Assize Rolls of the city of London in the year 1214, Gilbert Hake in the tax rolls known as the Feet of Fines for the county of Suffolk in 1257, and Robert Hakkes of Norfolk in 1375."

Other examples of its use are as follows.

A Walter Hake of Plympton, Devon, was mentioned in a document relating to water rights in 1361.

Blanche Hake, "a kinswoman" of Richard II of England; married (1) Sir Edmund Bradeston (d. 1389); (2) before 1398 Sir Andrew Hake. She was probably an attendant of Queen Isabel. (quoted in findmypast Britain Knights of the Realm and Commonwealth Index, award "LG' 1399)

There is a monument in St. Mary's Church, Whittlesey, Isle of Ely, to members of the Hake family dated 1508, and there was an Edward Hake, Churchwarden of Bishop's Stortford in 1576.

Between 1550 and 1614 there were Hakes at:- Plymstock, Honiton, Whimple, Sheldon, Otterton, Ottery St. Mary (all in Devon), and at Whitestaunton (Somerset). See Parish registers and wills for more information. The Blitz on Exeter City Library destroyed many parochial and legal documents.

Thomas Gordon Hake, in his "Memoirs of Eighty Years", written in about 1890, describes the family name origin as follows.
"I presume that a band of Hakes quitted Prussian Saxony in the olden time for a less sandy soil, and that some of them settled on the old red sandstone of Devon. The name of Hache gave itself to a town in the region of Broadcliss, and received a notice in Doomsday-book. The family no doubt occupied the soil thereabout for centuries, the name being noticeable in the Broadcliss Register in the time of Queen Anne. The name, too, is rife in Saxony; at Stassfurt there is a Hake's Bridge; besides this there are numerous workmen of the name, engaged in the salt factories, not to mention a general and count who commanded the army against the Danes in the Schleswig-Holstein affair. In England, too, this family name has belonged to all classes, from a viscount in the time of Edward I., an M.P. for Windsor and apoet, in the reign of Henry VIII., down to some, who, being in trade, my mother used to call "the scum of the earth." My great-grandfather is reputed to have had land and a mansion called Bluehayes, hard by Broadcliss..."

Contact Libby Shade for further details
P.O. Box 105, Rosanna 3084, Victoria, Australia

This family tree is provided for mutual information within the family.
The information given will be referenced by official documents, family bibles etc.
Information that is uncertain or unreferenced will not be published.
For privacy of the present generations, the family tree will halt at the generation born around the start of the 20th century.
Discussion gladly entered into.