I have recently taken an interest in the origins of our family name and have found a valuable source of data in the Cumbria Geneology web site. Cumbria, you may well know, is better known as the English Lake District from roughly Carlisle south to Lancaster.
I have extracted the following Boak/Boake/Boke records from the transcribed Parish registers and have found about 3 different groups/families all living within about 20 miles of each other. Earliest so far is early 1600's but quite a lot from 1720 to 1804.
Even today there are more Boaks living around Cumbria than anywhere else in the UK.
I also found a reference to a Robert Boak who sailed to Aukland.
I know of a Steve Boak in PerthW.A. who runs a website called Mad Scientist's Lair - he may have a better insight into the Australian site of the family.
I need to fill in some big gaps from 1800 to 1900 and to try and trace records of those who emigrated to US and Australia/ N.Z>
Hope this is of help
Below is the complete set of references.
The original register transcription was done by a most dedicated Mr. Griggs and his website is below:
BOAK Mary bapt 24Nov1715 BOAK Mary m Dalton Henry 28June1716 BOAK Thos s of Thos and Ann bapt 22Oct1752
BOAK Hannah d George Boak hatmaker Wigton & Martha his w (late Wilson) bornJan26th pre bapt1793Feb22 BOAK Isabella d George Boak hatmaker Wigton & Martha his w (late Wilson) bornFeb29th pre bapt1796Mar25
BOAK Agnes of Crosby widow age61 bur 1800Jul11 BOAK John s of Jos and Agnes of Crosby bapt1771Feb26 BOAK Wm s of Jos of Crosby bapt1764July8 BOAK John weaver of Crosby-ravensworth age32 bur 1804Jan26
BOAK Jonathan bastard child of Agnes and Jonathan Fothergill of Crosby bapt1779Jun23
BOAK Jos m Ann Muncaster 1763Oct31 BOAK Jos s of Jos of Meaburn bapt1766Dec14 BOAK Joseph of Crosby poor bur 1773May21
BOAK Eliz d of Jos and Mary of Meaburn bapt1783Oct23
BOAK John weaver batch m Mary Raws sw 1797Mar19 BOAK Sarah d of John of Crosby and Mary hw late Raws bapt1800Aug10 BOAK Wm s of John of Crosby and Mary hw late Raws bapt1798Mar2
BOAK Isabelia d John & Margt bapt 5Jan1721 BOAK Mary m Thompson Thos 26Mar1739
BOAKE John s John & Margrat bapt 14July1725 BOAKE Margt d of John of Lamonby [& Margt ET] bapt 11Dec1727 BOAKE John of Lamonby Hall bur 6Feby1735
BOAKE Joseph s Wm & Elisabeth bapt 21Oct1732 BOAKE John s Wm & Elisebath bapt 21Apr1735 BOAKE Thos s Wm & Elisab bapt 17Nov1737 BOAK Thos m Isabel Teasdale 17Nov1769
BOAKE Annas d of Thos Junr of Woodhouses bapt24Oct1675 BOAKE John s of Thos Junior bapt12Jan1672 BOAKE Susan d of Tho jun of Woodhouses bapt13Mar1669 BOAKE John s of ThosJunior bur23May1676 BOAKE Thos s of Thos jun bapt28May1671 BOAKE Thos s of Thos yonnger of Woodhouses bur20Sep1675
BOAKE Jane w of Thos of Woodhouses bur27Feb1668 BOAKE Thos elder of Woodhouses m Mary Barne of Kelswike 12Oct1673 BOAKE Mary w of Tho of Woodhouses bur22Sep1690 BOAKE John s of Thos ye eldest of Woodhouses bapt23Jun1675 BOAKE Jos s of Thos senr of Woodhouses bapt11Nov1681 BOAKE Sara d of Thos senior of Woodhouses bapt18Apr1680 BOAKE Sara dau of Thos of Woodhouses bur17June bur1680
BOAKE Thos m Ann Blaine 10May1669
BOANE Wm of Gt Orton bur29 March1690
BOKE Agnes fa Willmi de Woodhouses bur26Feb1629
BOKE Annas uxor Thomae de Woodhouses bur1635 BOKE Agnes dau of Thos bur26Dec1617
BOKE Johnes de Woodhouses bur9 March1635 BOAKE Marget w of John of Woodhouses bur14Nov1671
Alston BOAK Isabella married Richard Robson 5Apr1778
Wigton BOKE Janeta marr Robertus Harrison 1679May3
Cliburn BOAK Jane m Dixon John 7Oct1810 : Mary d of Wm of Gilshafflin bur 16Oct1745 : Mary d of Wm of Gilshaflin bapt 15May1745 : Richd s of Wm of Gilshaflin bapt 3Sept1740
Newton Reigny BOAK Mary bapt 24Nov1715 BOAK Mary m Dalton Henry 28June1716 BOAK Thos s of Thos and Ann bapt 22Oct1752