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The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Cooke. It was a name given to someone who was a cook, a seller of cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating-house. The surname Cooke is derived from the Old English word coc, which means cook. [1] [2]

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cooke have been found, including Cooke, Cook, Cocus and others.

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]


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

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Another 471 words (34 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cooke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Cooke 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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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Cooke, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Cooke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Georg Cooke, who landed in Virginia in 1617
  • Francif Cooke, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Christopher Cooke, who arrived in Virginia in 1621
  • Cisby Cooke, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Cisby Cooke who settled in Virginia in 1622 with his wife


Cooke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Edwd Cooke, who arrived in Virginia in 1701-1702
  • Saml Cooke, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Abra Cooke, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Katherine Cooke, who arrived in Virginia in 1712
  • Susanna Cooke, who arrived in Virginia in 1714


Cooke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Cooke, who arrived in America in 1801-1802
  • David Cooke, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Hugh Cooke, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Daniel Cooke, aged 23, arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1826
  • James Cooke, who arrived in New York in 1831


Cooke Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mrs. Cooke, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Christopher Cooke who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia between 1749 and 1752
  • Mrs. Lydia Cooke U.E born in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, USA who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Rev. Samuel D.D. Cooke U.E (b. 1723) from Shrewsbury, New Jersey, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 then Fredericton, New Brunswick was Chaplain in the Brigade of Guards he died in 1795
  • Rev. Samuel Cooke U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783


Cooke Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Ebenezer Cooke, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Munson Cooke, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Bridget Cooke, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork
  • John Cooke, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834

Cooke Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • H Cooke, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Cooke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert Cooke, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Cooke, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Richard Cooke, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Peter Cooke arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
  • Ann Cooke arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837


Cooke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Cooke landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Mandarin
  • Thomas Cooke landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
  • E Cooke landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
  • John George Cooke landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • John Cooke arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841


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  • Charles Montague Cooke Jr., (1874-1948), American malacologist, son of Charles Montague Cooke
  • Charles M. Cooke Jr., (1886-1970), U.S. admiral, commander of the 7th Fleet
  • Bates Cooke (1787-1841), American lawyer and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1831-1833), New York State Comptroller (1839-1841)
  • Amos Starr Cooke (1810-1871), American educator and businessman in the Kingdom of Hawaii, founder of the Royal School and Castle & Cooke in Hawaii
  • Alistair Cooke (1908-2004), British journalist and broadcaster, best known in the United States as the host of PBS Masterpiece Theatre from 1971 to 1992
  • Emma Cooke (b. 1884), American three time sliver Olympic medalist for archery at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Brigadier-General Elliot Duncan Cooke (1891-1961), American Chief Overseas Inspection Division, Office of the Inspector-General (1942-1946)
  • Lawrence Henry Cooke (1914-2000), American Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1979 to 1984
  • James J. Cooke (b. 1939), American historian, author, academic and soldier
  • Christian Louis Cooke (b. 1987), English actor

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  • The Family of Elisha Cooke by Florence Adelaine Newberry.
  • Things That Count-The Story of the Cooke Family by Velma Cooke.
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  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)

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The Cooke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cooke 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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