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The name Crooks was first used by Viking settlers in ancient Scotland
. It was a name for a crooked person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. This nickname was originally derived from the Old Norman word crok
which meant "hook" or "something crooked."
The surname Crooks was first found in Lancashire
(located in northwest England
and dates back to 1180), where they held a family seat
from early times, before the Norman Conquest
The spellings of Scottish names dating from the medieval era often bear little resemblance to those seen today. They vary enormously because scribes in that time spelled according to their ears. Some spelling variations of the name Crooks include Crook, Crooke, Crooks, Cruik, Cruiks, Crok, Cruke, Crukes, Cruikes and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crooks research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1674 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Crooks History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crooks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Crooks family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
The farms of Scottish settlers soon dotted the east coast of the colonies that would become the nations of the United States and Canada. Many of those migrants and their children went on to play important roles in the founding the great nations of North America. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Crooks or a variant listed above, including:
Crooks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Benham Crooks, who arrived in New York in 1804
- Benjam Crooks, aged 11, landed in New York, NY in 1804
- Jane Crooks, aged 50, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
- Margaret Crooks, who arrived in New York in 1804
- Sarni Crooks, who landed in New York in 1804
Crooks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John Crooks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
Crooks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Ann Crooks, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- David Crooks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dauntless" in 1840
- John Crooks, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
Crooks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Francis Crooks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
- Eliza Crooks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
- M. Crooks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
- Agnes Crooks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
- Samuel Crooks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
- N. Patrick Crooks (1938-2015), American jurist, Associate Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (1996-2015)
- George Richard Crooks (1822-1897), United States writer, educator, and Methodist minister
- Arthur Crooks (1838-1888), English-American architect
- Dave Crooks, former American member of the Indiana House of Representatives
- Shanna Crooks, American singer/songwriter
- John Charles "Jack" Crooks (1865-1918), American Major League Baseball infielder
- Richard Alexander Crooks (1900-1972), American tenor and a leading singer
- Hulda Crooks (1896-1997), American mountaineer who successfully scaled 14,505-foot Mount Whitney 23 times between the ages of 65 and 91 as well as 97 other peaks during this period
- Mr. Robert Williams Crooks (d. 1915), English 1st Class Passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada going to Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
- William Crooks (1776-1836), businessman and political figure in Upper Canada
- Records of Stark, Hamilton, Duncan, Crooks, McConnell, Freytag, Seaver, Brandt Families by Evelyn Potter Freytag.
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- Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
The Crooks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crooks 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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