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Where did the English Hook family come from? What is the English Hook family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hook family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hook family history?

The history of the Hook family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the place called Hooke in Devon.


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hook include Hook, Hooke, Hoke and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hook research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1270, 1275, 1296, 1417, 1636, 1575, 1580, 1658, 1640, 1642, 1635, 1703, 1655 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Hook History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 119 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hook Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hook family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hook or a variant listed above:

Hook Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Hook settled in Plymouth in 1620
  • William Hook with his family settled in Maine in 1635
  • Thomas Hook settled in Virginia in 1663

Hook Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jonas Hook, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Stephven Hook, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Christian Hook, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Andreas Hook, aged 35, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Robert Hook, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740

Hook Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Hook, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Frederick Ludwig Wilhelm Hook, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Charles Hook, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • George, Hook Jr., who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869
  • Wm Hook, who arrived in Ohio in 1885

Hook Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Stanley Hook arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • James Hook arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • John C. Hook, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee"
  • John Hook, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"

Hook Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Bennett Hook, aged 29, a widow, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Coromandel" in 1840
  • Rachael Hook, aged 12, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Coromandel" in 1840
  • Emily Hook, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Coromandel" in 1840
  • Joseph Hook, aged 47, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Grace Hook arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Winterthur" in 1866


  • Sidney Hook (1902-1989), American philosopher, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Frank Eugene Hook (1893-1982), American politician from Michigan
  • Jay Hook (b. 1936), American Major League Baseball starting pitcher
  • Alfred Henry "Harry" Hook VC (1850-1905), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Jake Patrick Robert Hook, English songwriter and producer, best known for his hit single "Coming Home"
  • James Hook (1746-1827), English composer and organist
  • James Clarke Hook RA (1819-1907), English landscape and marine painter
  • Peter Hook (b. 1956), born Peter Woodhead, English bass player, musician and author
  • Theodore Edward Hook (1788-1841), English author
  • Mr. George Hook, English 3rd Class passenger returning from Toronto, Ontario, Canada relocating to England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking



  • Descendants and Ancestors of Benjamin and Ann Frizelle Hooker (also Hook), 1976, with 1977 and 1978 & 1979 Supplements and Revisions Added by Malcolm D. Hooker.
  • William Henry Hooker (also Hook) and Descendants, 1793-1990 by Jerry Samuel Hooker.
  • A Pride of Kin by Callie Coe Wilson et al.


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  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Hook Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hook 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.

This page was last modified on 26 November 2014 at 10:48.

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