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

The saga of the name Cook follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a cook, a seller of cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating-house. The surname Cook is derived from the Old English word coc, which means cook.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cook were recorded, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cook 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 Cook History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Cook 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.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cook family emigrate to North America:

Cook Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • James Cook who settled in Maine in 1622
  • Mark Cook settled in Maine in 1622
  • Hester Cook, who landed in Massachusetts in 1623
  • Aaron Cook, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Josiah Cook, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1633-1634


Cook Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Abraham Cook, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Libby Cook, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Cha Cook, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Fra Cook, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Tho Cook, who landed in Virginia in 1705


Cook Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jos Cook, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Daniel Cook, who arrived in America in 1818
  • Mr. Cook, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • Jamison Cook, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • Otto Cook, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828


Cook Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Melbourne Cook, who landed in Mississippi in 1906

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  • Stephen Arthur Cook (b. 1939), American computer scientist awarded the Turing Award in 1982
  • Frederick Albert Cook (1865-1940), American explorer and physician
  • Major-General Gilbert Richard Cook (1889-1963), American Chief of Staff, Advisory Group (1946-1948)
  • General Orval Ray Cook (1898-1980), American Deputy Commander-in- Chief of the US European Command (1955-1956)
  • Thomas Steven "T. S." Cook (1947-2013), American Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Golden Globe nominated screenwriter and producer, best known for writing The China Syndrome (1979)
  • Arthur James Cook (1883-1931), Welsh trade unionist
  • Hugh Walter Gilbert Cook (b. 1956), English cult author whose works blend fantasy and science fiction
  • Peter Cook (1937-1995), English satirist, writer and comedian
  • James Cook (1728-1779), born in Yorkshire, the famous navigator who explored the St. Lawrence, the shores of Newfoundland, circumnavigated the globe charting New Zealand, Australia and explored much of the Pacific and Southern Ocean. His last voyage was to Hawaii in 1779 where he was killed by the natives
  • Mrs. Selena Cook, (née Rogers), aged 22, English Second Class passenger from Oxford, Oxfordshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 14

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  • The Cook Family Genealogical Record and Their Family Connections by Bill J. Cook.
  • The Cook Family in America: A Family History of Thomas and Milly (Marcum) Cook and Their Descendants of Bedford County, Tennessee (c. 1770-1973) by Jerry Wayne Cook.
  • Cook's Crier, the Franklin Fireplace; Surname Index by Betty Harvey Williams.
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  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Cook Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cook 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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