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

The Hooks name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the place called Hooke in Devon.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hooks has undergone many spelling variations, including Hook, Hooke, Hoke and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hooks research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1270, 1275, 1296, 1417, 1636, 1575, 1580, 1658, 1640, 1642, 1635, 1703, 1655 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Hooks History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 119 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hooks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hooks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hooks were among those contributors:

Hooks Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Hooks, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Samll Hooks, who landed in Virginia in 1665

Hooks Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Robert Hooks, who arrived in Virginia in 1724

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  • Benjamin Lawson Hooks (1925-2010), American civil rights leader and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Brian Hooks (b. 1973), American actor, writer, and director
  • Charles Hooks (1768-1843), United States Representative from North Carolina
  • George Hooks (b. 1945), Democratic member of the Georgia Senate
  • Jan Hooks (b. 1957), American actress and comedian
  • Kevin Hooks (b. 1958), American actor and film director
  • Lonna Hooks, former Secretary of State of New Jersey
  • Mitchell Hooks (b. 1923), American artist and illustrator
  • Robert Hooks (b. 1937), American actor


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  • Pride of Kin by Callie Coe Wilson et al.
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The Hooks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hooks 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.

This page was last modified on 30 October 2013 at 09:27.

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