name Hooky comes from when its first bearer worked as a person who made hooks or an agricultural worker who used hooks. The name Hooky was also applied to someone who lived near a bend or hill-spur. The surname Hooky is derived from the Old English word hoc,
which means hook.
Early Origins of the Hooky family
The surname Hooky was first found in Norfolk
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.
Early History of the Hooky family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hooky research.Another 316 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1558, 1554, 1600, 1586 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Hooky History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hooky Spelling Variations
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 Hooky include Hooker, Hookers and others.
Early Notables of the Hooky family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Richard Hooker (1554?-1600) was a noted English theologian who wrote "The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity"; and Rev. Thomas Hooker (1586-1647), a prominent Puritan colonial leader who... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hooky Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hooky family to Ireland
Some of the Hooky family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hooky family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hooky or a variant listed above: John Hooker and his son settled in Barbados in 1678; Joanna, John, Mary, Robert, Samuel, Sarah, Susannah, and Thomas Hooker settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1633.