Just found this forum.Thought I'd include my knowledge, (for what it's worth)Have'nt read all of the other messages so excuse me if this is 'old hat'. As far as I have learned, the 'Great Rakes' i.e. the walkers of the 'High Peak' areas, became the name we share today a couple of hundred years ago.The region was Wirksworth, where most of our name-bearing gravestones can be found.My great great great grandfather owned the 'Malt and Shovel Inn' in the region and I have managed to trace this end to the 15th Century, although a forefather was hanged for sheep-stealing according to the Domesday Book(such infamy!) If anybody can trace themselves directly to me, I would love to hear from them - got a stack of records tracing the family back (even to Alice Springs!) from a good contact I had who was living in Kent. My line of the family tended to be called Samuel, William or John on the male side. I originally came from Manchester and can supply any of my antecedents details to any interested party.