Oaks Name Study

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The Anglo-Saxon name Oaks comes from the family having resided near a notable oak tree or near a group of oaks. The surname Oaks is derived from the Old English word ac, which means oak. The surname Oaks belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.[1]

Oaks List of profiles on WikiTree.
Oakes List of profiles on WikiTree.

This study will include those who married into the Oaks surname. Tracking families who married in can sometimes lead to breakthroughs on census records when we know who the families were close to. Categorization is based on where the person was born, or in the case of a spouse, where their Oaks children were born.

How to Participate

Please contact the Study's coordinator Melissa (Oaks) Goodnight or post a comment at the foot of the page.

This profile is part of the Oaks Name Study.

Profile Sticker (for the Oaks profiles to be included):

{{One Name Study|name=Oaks|category=Location, Oaks Name Study}}
... ... ... is a member of the Oaks Name Study Project.

Member Sticker (for your own profile):


If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Surname Variants

There are many spelling variants to be found through research including: Oak, Oake, Oakes, Oke, Okes, Ochs and others. This study will focus on the following variants:

  • Oaks
  • Oakes

(If you think there is another spelling or variant that should be included in this particular study, please comment below.)

Translated Surnames

While not included in this study, it is interesting to note some surnames that have been translated into an English form of Oak, Oaks or Oakes:
  • Portuguese - Carvalho or De Carvalho - Example: Ernesto Augustus Carvalho translated his name into Oakes when he moved to the US.

Featured Profiles

Rev. Uriah Oakes - added by Billie (Bright) Keaffaber. Notable before 1700 - author and reverend.

Edward Oakes (abt.1604-1689) - The beginning of the Massachusetts Oakes'. Born in England, Edward moved to Massachusetts Bay by 1640. (Father to Uriah, above).

Contemporary Notables (post 1700)

Can we connect these to the global tree?

Richard Oakes - Native American activist - Connected!
Robert C. Oaks | Robert Oaks - retired U.S. Air Force general - Connected! (with unlisted profile, as he is still living).
Jenny (Oaks) Baker - American violinist (her father, Dallin, below, is a first cousin of Robert, above).
Dallin Oaks - American lawyer

Task List

  • Please add {{One Name Study|Name=Oaks}} to your Oaks profiles. (We now have location-born categories, so please include that as well).
  • Feel free to create a section like the one below for your current profile work and updates.

Melissa (Oaks) Goodnight, Last updated on: 3 Mar 2024

Project: Categories are up and running. Creating new location-based categories as needed. -Oaks-601 06:45, 5 February 2024 (UTC)

Adopting orphaned Oaks profiles and adding the Oaks Name Study sticker: {{One Name Study|name=Oaks}} to them.


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Here some oak family Lines The Oakes Family of Maine traces its origin to the two brothers, Edward and Thomas, both born in England, who came to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1640. They were both made freemen of the colony on May 18, 1642. I added a descendant of there to oaks name study., oaks family tree


Very interesting, Billie! I love how fleshed out your bios are, and the amount of time you spent researching really shows.
Hi I found this Oaks in my tree I added it to the name study.


posted by Billie (Bright) Keaffaber
edited by Billie (Bright) Keaffaber
Wonderful! Thanks for letting me know, Billie!
I would like to join the project please. My grandmother was an Oakes and her line goes to Samuel Oakes (1711-) I have worked most of the profiles in this line and its branches.
posted by Bob Pickering
Perfect! Make sure to add the category and the sticker to the Oakes profiles you're working on, so they get added to the project. (You can also add the category to your own profile as a member). And feel free to post here if you find anything interesting, or have any questions, or want to look into other Oakes lines to see where they connect.

Also, you're welcome to edit this page with notes of anything you're working on under the Task List area.

Let me know if you need help with resources.

posted by Melissa (Oaks) Goodnight
edited by Melissa (Oaks) Goodnight