The origins of the Houke name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the place called Hooke in Devon.
Early Origins of the Houke family
The surname Houke 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
"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. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Houke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houke 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 Houke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houke Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Houke were recorded, including Hook, Hooke, Hoke and others.
Early Notables of the Houke 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; Humphrey Hooke (1580-1658), a Member of Parliament for Bristol... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houke family to Ireland
Some of the Houke 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houke family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Houke family emigrate to North America: John Hook settled in Plymouth in 1620; William Hook with his family settled in Maine in 1635; Thomas Hook settled in Virginia in 1663.