Cook History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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] [2]

Early Origins of the Cook family

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] 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] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed John Cocus in Norfolk, Alexander Cocus in Yorkshire, Emma Coca in Cambridgeshire and Matthew Cocus in Oxfordshire. [2] 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]

Important Dates for the Cook family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cook research. Another 122 words (9 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Cook family (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 singer, Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and joined the Royalist cause, Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal (1660-1672); Sir William Cooke of Highnam; his son, Sir Robert Cooke (c. 1598-1643), an English politician Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire (1640) and Tewkesbury (1641-1643); his son, Edward Cooke (died 1683)...
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Migration of the Cook family to Ireland

Some of the Cook family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Cook migration to the United States

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, who settled in Maine in 1622
  • Hester Cook, who landed in Massachusetts in 1623 [5]
  • Aaron Cook, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 [5]
  • Josiah Cook, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1633-1634 [5]
  • ... (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 [5]
  • Libby Cook, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [5]
  • Cha Cook, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [5]
  • Fra Cook, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [5]
  • Tho Cook, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [5]
  • ... (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 [5]
  • Daniel Cook, who arrived in America in 1818 [5]
  • Mr. Cook, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821 [5]
  • Jamison Cook, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828 [5]
  • Otto Cook, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828 [5]
  • ... (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 [5]

Cook migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • James Cook, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • James Cook, aged 40, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cook migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [6]
  • William Cook, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Thomas Cook, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Richard Cook, (b. 1809), aged 23 born in Probus, Cornwall, UK convicted in Bodmin on 3rd January 1832, sentenced for 14 year for stealing wheat, transported aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1833 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [9]
  • Mr. Richard Cook (b. 1809), aged 23, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 3rd January 1832, sentenced for 14 years for stealing 4 gallons of wheat, transported aboard the ship "Atlas" on 27th April 1833 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [10]
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Cook migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cook Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles John Cook, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • W Cook, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • C J R Cook, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Mary Ann
  • Edmond Cook, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Clifford
  • H Cook, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cook (post 1700)

  • 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
  • Barbara Cook (1927-2017), American Tony Award winning singer and actress, known for her work on The Music Man, Sondheim on Sondheim and Candide
  • Julian Abele Cook Jr. (1930-2017), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (1978-1996)
  • 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) [11]
  • Major-General Gilbert Richard Cook (1889-1963), American Chief of Staff, Advisory Group (1946-1948) [12]
  • Frederick Albert Cook (1865-1940), American explorer and physician
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Cook family

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 [13]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Alfreda  Cook (1868-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [14]
HMS Cornwall
  • Stanley Nathaniel Cook (d. 1942), British Painter 4th Class aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Frank John Joseph Cook, British Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [16]
  • Albert Cook (d. 1945), British Stoker 1st Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Vernon Cook (b. 1915), English Blacksmith 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Twyford, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Joseph R Cook (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Stoke, Warwickshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. James E Cook (b. 1895), English Chief Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Long Eaton, Derbyshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. James Cook (1920-1996), Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Percy Cook, British Electrical Artificer 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [18]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Gordon Cook, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Norman Cook, British Electrician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Leonard William Cook, British Royal Air Force, who sailed on board the HMS Repulse prior to its sinking [19]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Sydney Henry Cook, British Stoker Petty Officer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [20]
  • Frederick N. Cook, Australian Lieutenant Commander with the Royal Australian Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [20]
  • George James Cook (1917-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [20]
  • Frederick Cook, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [20]
  • Dennis S. Cook, British Musician with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [20]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William George Cook, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [21]
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 [22]
  • Mr. Jacob Cook (d. 1912), aged 43, Russian Third Class passenger from Unknown who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [22]
  • 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 [22]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Lonnie D. Cook, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [23]

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