Hooks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hooks name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Dorset at Hooke, a parish, in the union of Beaminster, hundred of Eggerton, Bridport division. Hooke is also a chapelry, in the parish of Snaith, union of Goole, Lower division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross in the West Ridig of Yorkshire and Hook is a hamlet, in the parish and union of Kingston-Upon-Thames, First division of the hundred of Kingston in Surrey. [1]

"Many localities in England bear the name of "the Hook," an expression which is doubtless topographical, though its precise derivation is not known. It is probably allied to the Teutonic hoe, hoh, hoch, Sec., all meaning a hill or elevated place. The surname was written in the XIV. cent. atte Hooke, and this by crasis sometimes became Tooke. It may be mentioned that Hoke, as a personal name, occurs in Saxon times. " [2]

The name typically means "place at the hook of land, or bend in a river or hill." [3]

Early Origins of the Hooks family

The surname Hooks was 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. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Reginald de le Hoke, Wiltshire; Walter del Hoke, Gloucestershire; and Love del Hok, Oxfordshire. [5]

In Somerset, Robert de Hok, Richard atte Hoke and Robert atte Houk were all listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [6]

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Margareta del Hoke, webester; Alexander de Hok; and Willelmus de Hok. [5]

To the north in Scotland, "William de Huk was in charge of Thomas Galloway, 1296 and Adam de Huke, was a tenant in "vill" of Moffet, 1376. [7]

Early History of the Hooks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hooks research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1270, 1275, 1296, 1417, 1636, 1575, 1580, 1658, 1640, 1642, 1600, 1677, 1600, 1618, 1620, 1635, 1703, 1635, 1628, 1712, 1649, 1653, 1664, 1738, 1664, 1655, 1712, 1655, 1672, 1674, 1681, 1763, 1716, 1796, 1763 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Hooks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hooks Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hooks has undergone many spelling variations, including Hook, Hooke, Hoke and others.

Early Notables of the Hooks family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Rev. Thomas Huyck DCL (died 1575), Chancellor of the Diocese of London; Sir Richard Hook of Scotland; and Humphrey Hooke (1580-1658), a Member of Parliament for Bristol (1640-1642), who supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War. William Hook (1600-1677), was a Puritan divine, "said to have been born of respectable parents in Hampshire in 1600; perhaps he was one of the Hooks of Bramshott in that county. He became commoner of Trinity College, Oxford, in 1618, and graduated B.A. in 1620." [8] Robert Hooke, FRS (1635-1703), was an English natural...
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Ireland Migration of the Hooks family to Ireland

Some of the Hooks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 182 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hooks migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hooks were among those contributors:

Hooks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hooks, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [9]
  • Samll Hooks, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [9]
Hooks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Hooks, who arrived in Virginia in 1724 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hooks (post 1700) +

  • Roland Hooks (b. 1953), American football running back in the NFL who played for the Buffalo Bills from 1976 to 1982
  • Bobby Dean "Robert" Hooks (b. 1937), American actor of film, television and stage
  • Mitchell Hooks (b. 1923), American artist and illustrator, known his artwork for paperback books and magazines and for his 36-page booklet How to Respect and Display Our Flag for the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Lonna Hooks, American former politician, Secretary of State of New Jersey (1994-1998)
  • Jan Hooks (b. 1957), American actress and comedian, best known for her work on the TV comedy show Saturday Night Live
  • George Hooks (b. 1945), American politician, Democratic member of the Georgia Senate (1991-2013)
  • Charles Hooks (1768-1843), American politician, United States Representative from North Carolina (1816-1817) and (1819-1825)
  • Kevin Hooks (b. 1958), American actor and film director
  • Brian Hooks (b. 1973), American actor, writer, and director
  • Benjamin Lawson Hooks (1925-2010), American civil rights leader and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Woodrow R. Hooks, American Seaman Second 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 [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Hooks +

  • 2029 "Pride of Kin" by Callie Coe Wilson et al.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  7. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  8. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  9. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  10. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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