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Oakes Surname Origin
(Locality). From a dwelling near the oak-trees.
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.
Oakes Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Oakes family history than the origin of your surname:
A Oakes Family History Thought:
'It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.' -- Plutarch