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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.

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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 one of the first records of the name was found in 1050-71 in a reference of Old English Bynames of Devon. Later in the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire, the Latin form of the name, Hervicus and Richard Hoc were listed in 1218. By 1230, the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire has listed John Hook; the first listing of the name as it is more commonly spelt today. [1] "The surname was written in the XIV century as Atte Hooke, and this by crasis sometimes became Tooke. It may be mentioned that Hoke, as a personal name, occurs in Saxon times. " [2]


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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.

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

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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.

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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


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  • Henry Hook (1955-2015), American creator of crossword puzzles
  • Jay Hook (b. 1936), American Major League Baseball starting pitcher
  • Frank Eugene Hook (1893-1982), American politician from Michigan
  • Sidney Hook (1902-1989), American philosopher, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Miss Elsie Hook, English 3rd Class passenger returning from Toronto, Ontario, Canada relocating to England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Master Frank Hook, English 3rd Class passenger returning from Toronto, Ontario, Canada relocating to England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • 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
  • Theodore Edward Hook (1788-1841), English author
  • Peter Hook (b. 1956), born Peter Woodhead, English bass player, musician and author
  • James Clarke Hook RA (1819-1907), English landscape and marine painter

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  • 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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  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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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 21 March 2016 at 12:09.

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