When Moses Drake was born in November 1765, in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Moses Drake, was 22 and his mother, Mary Shepard, was 21. He married Sarah Root on 8 April 1790, in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 1 daughter. He died in 1836, at the age of 71.
English: nickname from Middle English drake, either ‘drake, male duck’ (compare Duck ) or ‘dragon’ (Old English draca ‘snake, dragon’ or the cognate Old Norse draki), including an emblematic dragon on a flag (compare Dragon ). Both the Old English and the Old Norse forms are from Latin draco ‘snake, monster’; its sense as a nickname is unclear but it may have had the sense ‘standard bearer’. The name was taken to Ireland in the 13th century and reinforced by later English settlers in the 17th century.
German: from Low German drake ‘dragon’, familiar as image on signboards, hence a topographic or habitational name referring to a house or inn with such signboard.
Dutch: variant, mostly Americanized and Flemish, of Draak, a cognate of 2 above, from draak (Middle Dutch drake) ‘dragon’.