Date: Saturday, 28 November 1998 11:50
Answer-The Westchester Co, NY Drake family's arms are arg., wivern, with
wings displayed gu. Crests, first, an eagle displayed;
second, a naked dexter arm and hand erect, holding a battle axe sa,
headed arg.(1) This means that the arms are a silver dragon with it's
wings displayed and a red knotted tail.
The Drake of Ashe family's arms are argent, a wyvern with wings displayed,
tail knowed, gules. Their crest was first an eagle displayed, gules. It
was later changed to a dexter arm erect, coupled at elbow, proper, bearing
a battle ax, sable. (2;3) Wivern is a synonym for "dragon." Dexter refers
to an arm that is located on the wearer's right and the obserer's left and
sable means "black."
The Drake family in Ireland had both crest and arms feature a wivern
In Oatland, Shartloes, Bucks, Co. Bucks, Sussex and Norfolk , the Drake
family's crest was a dexter arm erect, proper, holding a battle ax, sable,
headed argent.(2) The
Norfolk family used reindeer's head coupled also.(2)
The family in Yorkshire used a two headed eagle, winges displayed, as
their crest. (2)
The family's motto is "Aquila non captat muscas." This translates into
"an eagle does not attempt to catch flies." (2;3)
Biographical History of Westchester County New York Vol. 1- Chicago:The
Lewis Pub. Co. 1890) Source 2 : The Drake Family in England and America
1360-1895 and The Descendants of Thomas Drake of Weymouth, Mass.
1636-1691. By Louis Stoughton Drake. Privately printed in Boston, 1896.
Source 3: Colonial Families in the United States, Vol. 1)