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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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
[2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Cook Early Origins



The surname Cook was first found in Essex where the first found record the name was Aelfsige Coc (c.950) who is recorded in an early reference of Anglo Saxon Wills, [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
more than one hundred years before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066. Galter Coc was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 in Essex and almost two hundred years later, Walter le Kuc was listed in the Assize Rolls of Cheshire in 1260. Continuing the quest, we found Richard Cok in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire in 1269, Henry Coke in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1279, Ralph le Cook and Joan Cokes in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. Robert le Couk was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327 and Roger le Kokes in the Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire in 1332. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed John Cocus in Norfolk, Alexander Cocus in Yorkshire, Emma Coca in Cambridgeshire and Matthew Cocus in Oxfordshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Ireby in Lancashire was home to another branch of the family. "This place is written 'Irebi' in the Domesday Survey, and then comprehended three carucates of land. In the reign of James I., lived Thomas Cooke de Irebye. The family of Cooke were the former possessors of the Hall, sometimes called Fothergill Hall, and sometimes Nether Hall." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Cook Spelling Variations


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Cook Spelling Variations



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.

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Cook Early History


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Cook Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Cook Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cook Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include John Cooke (or John Cook, John Coke, 1608-1660), the first Solicitor General of the English Commonwealth and led the prosecution of Charles I; Francis Cooke (1583-1663), one of the 102 passengers on the Mayflower; Captain Henry Cooke (c.1616-1672), an English composer, actor and...

Another 193 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cook Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cook In Ireland


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Cook In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cook Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cook Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cook Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Melbourne Cook, who landed in Mississippi in 1906

Cook Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Charles Cook who settled in Nova Scotia in 1749 with his wife, son and daughter
  • Christn Cook who settled in Nova Scotia with his wife, son, 2 daughters and servant in 1749
  • Capt Cook, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Charles Cook, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Christn Cook, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cook Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Azel Cook, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Joseph Cook, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Kittyann Cook, aged 8, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • James Cook, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • James Cook, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cook Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Cook, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • William Cook, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • Thomas Cook, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • Matthew Cook, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • Robert Cook arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cook Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles John Cook landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • W Cook landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • C J R Cook landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Mary Ann
  • Edmond Cook landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Clifford
  • H Cook landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cook (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cook (post 1700)



  • Marlow Webster Cook (1926-2016), American politician, United States Senator from Kentucky (1968-1974)
  • Stanton Rufus Cook (1925-2015), American chief executive of the Chicago Tribune
  • Douglas S. Cook (1958-1959), American screenwriter, best known for writing the film The Rock (1996)
  • 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)
  • General Orval Ray Cook (1898-1980), American Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the US European Command (1955-1956)
  • Major-General Gilbert Richard Cook (1889-1963), American Chief of Staff, Advisory Group (1946-1948)
  • Frederick Albert Cook (1865-1940), American explorer and physician
  • Stephen Arthur Cook (b. 1939), American computer scientist awarded the Turing Award in 1982
  • 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
  • Peter Cook (1937-1995), English satirist, writer and comedian
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Cook Historic Events


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Cook Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Annie Emma Cook (1871-1914), née Rampling Canadian Second Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Alfreda  Cook (1868-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Vernon Cook (b. 1915), English Blacksmith 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Twyford, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Joseph R Cook (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Stoke, Warwickshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. James E Cook (b. 1895), English Chief Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Long Eaton, Derbyshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Percy Cook, British Electrical Artificer 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Cook (b. 1920), Able Bodied Seaman from Urmston, Manchester, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Gordon Cook, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Norman Cook, British Electrician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Leonard William Cook, British Royal Air Force, who sailed on board the HMS Repulse prior to its sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William George Cook, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. George Cook (d. 1912), aged 42, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Jacob Cook (d. 1912), aged 43, Russian Third Class passenger from Unknown who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • 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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Suggested Readings for the name Cook


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Suggested Readings for the name Cook



  • 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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. 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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