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Nokes 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.
Nokes Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Nokes Family History Thought:
'We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us.' --Oliver Wendell Homes