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Where did the English Cooke family come from? What is the English Cooke family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cooke family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cooke family history?

The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Cooke. It was a name given to someone who was a cook, a seller of cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating-house. The surname Cooke is derived from the Old English word coc, which means cook.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cooke have been found, including Cooke, Cook, Cocus and others.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The first found record the name was Aelfsige Coc (c.950) who is recorded in an early reference of Anglo Saxon Wills, more than one hundred years before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cooke research. Another 243 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1660, 1583, 1663, 1616, 1672, 1660, 1672, 1598, 1643, 1640, 1641, 1643, 1683, 1659, 1642, 1700, 1637, 1715, 1683, 1648, 1701, 1721, 1715, 1721, 1717, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Cooke History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 393 words(28 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cooke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Cooke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Cooke, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Cooke Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Georg Cooke, who landed in Virginia in 1617
  • Francif Cooke, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Christopher Cooke, who arrived in Virginia in 1621
  • Cisby Cooke, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Cisby Cooke who settled in Virginia in 1622 with his wife

Cooke Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Edwd Cooke, who arrived in Virginia in 1701-1702
  • Saml Cooke, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Abra Cooke, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Katherine Cooke, who arrived in Virginia in 1712
  • Susanna Cooke, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Cooke Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • George Cooke, who arrived in America in 1801-1802
  • David Cooke, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Hugh Cooke, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Daniel Cooke, aged 23, arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1826
  • James Cooke, who arrived in New York in 1831


  • James J. Cooke (b. 1939), American historian, author, academic and soldier
  • Alistair Cooke (1908-2004), American (British-born) journalist and broadcaster
  • Lawrence Henry Cooke (1914-2000), American Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1979 to 1984
  • Brigadier-General Elliot Duncan Cooke (1891-1961), American Chief Overseas Inspection Division, Office of the Inspector-General (1942-1946)
  • Emma Cooke (b. 1884), American three time sliver Olympic medalist for archery at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Benjamin Cooke (1734-1793), English composer, organist and teacher
  • Deryck Victor Cooke (1919-1976), English writer and broadcaster on music
  • George Frederick Cooke (1756-1812), English actor
  • Thomas Cooke (1703-1756), English author
  • Sir William Fothergill Cooke (1806-1879), English inventor



  • The Family of Elisha Cooke by Florence Adelaine Newberry.
  • Things That Count-The Story of the Cooke Family by Velma Cooke.

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The Cooke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cooke Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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