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BOAK Family HistoryThis famous surname recorded in over fifty different spellings, derives from the pre 5th century Olde German and later Anglo-Saxon word "baecc". This describes a stream, or as a name specifically someone who lived or worked by a stream. The various spellings of the modern surname which dates from the early13th century, include Bach, Bache, Bak, Bake, Balk, Balck, Batch, Beck, Bock, Boak, Boake, Beckmann, Becker, Bacher, Pach, Pachman, Ubach, and many more. The name is recorded in almost every European country, but is most popular in Germany and England.
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