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From the plural of oak. The surname could also derived from a partial translation of the Irish surname Mac Dubhdara (son of Dubhdara), a personal name composed of the elements dubh (black) and darach, genitive of dair (oak).

Proper noun


Oakes (countable and uncountable, plural Oakeses)

  1. A suburban area of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England (OS grid ref SE112341).
  2. A city in Dickey County, North Dakota, United States.
  3. A surname.


  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Oakes is the 2065th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 17499 individuals. Oakes is most common among White (90.57%) individuals.

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