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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.  
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.
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,  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.  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed John Cocus in Norfolk, Alexander Cocus in Yorkshire, Emma Coca in Cambridgeshire and Matthew Cocus in Oxfordshire. 
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.
Another 471 words (34 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cook Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
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
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
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
- Chas 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
- Chas Cook, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Christn Cook, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Cook Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Azel Cook, who landed in Canada in 1828
- Bell Cook, aged 10, arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1833
- Jane Cook, aged 14, arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1833
- Kittyann Cook, aged 8, arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1833
- S.M. Cook, aged 30, a merchant, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast
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
- William Cook, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Thomas Cook, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- Matthew Cook, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Robert Cook arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
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
- 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
- Mr. George Cook (d. 1912), aged 42, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked 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
- 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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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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