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The Hooks name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the place called Hooke in Devon.

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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.

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 Hooks 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 Hooks 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 Hooks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hooks 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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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
  • Samll Hooks, who landed in Virginia in 1665

Hooks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Robert Hooks, who arrived in Virginia in 1724

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  • 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


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  • 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. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Hooks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hooks 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 3 December 2015 at 08:23.

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