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Noakes Surname Origin
A corruption of Atten Oak, 'at the oak;' en was added to at when the following word began with a vowel, as 'John Atten Ash'--John Nash, that is, John at the Ash. Mr. John Nokes is a celebrated personage in legal matters, as well as his constant antagonist Mr. John Styles (John at the Style). The names are so common, that 'Jack Noakes and Tom Styles' designate the rabble.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Noakes Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Noakes Family History Thought:
'People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.' --Edmund Burke