When William Lake was born on 25 February 1795, in Ernestown, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, Canada, his father, John N. Lake Jr., was 37 and his mother, Leah Van Voorheise, was 33. He married Mary Sylvina Hogle on 25 February 1819, in Ernestown, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 12 May 1859, in his hometown, at the age of 64.
English (mainly West Country): topographic name usually for someone who lived by a streamlet (Middle English lak(e), Old English lacu) or who lived at or came from any of the places so named, such as Lack in Church Stoke (Shropshire) and Lake in Wilsford near Amesbury (Wiltshire). Lake is a common minor placename in Devon.
English: occasionally perhaps a topographic name for someone who lived by a lake or pool (Middle English, Old French lake), though it is uncertain that this word was current in ordinary vocabulary during the main period of surname formation (1250–1400).
North German and Dutch: habitational name from any of several places in Westphalia and Lower Saxony so named, or a topographic name from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch lake ‘swamp, swampy meadow’ (Middle Dutch also ‘border water’).
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