(John) or John o'Noakes. A fictitious name,
formerly made use of by lawyers in actions of ejectment. His name was
generally coupled with that of Tom Styles. Similarly, John
Doe and Richard Roe were used. The Roman names were Titius and Seius (Juv. Sat. iv. 13). All these
worthies are the hopeful sons of Mrs. Harris.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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