The name Koo is of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was name for a jackdaw.
Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English word coo.
This was in turn derived from the Old Norse word ka,
which was their word for jackdaw.
Thus the original bearer of this name must have reminded his contemporaries of a jackdaw and was referred to as "Koo" as a nickname.
Early Origins of the Koo family
The surname Koo was first found in Lancashire
, where the Koo family held a family seat
from ancient times. The earliest known bearer of the name was Osbert Ka, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls
Early History of the Koo family
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Koo Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Koo have been found, including Coe, Coes, Cowe, Kow, Cawe, Kowe, Coo, Ku, Koo and others.
Early Notables of the Koo family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Koo family to Ireland
Some of the Koo family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 110 words (8 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 Koo family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Koo surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: Robert Coe, who sailed from Ipswich to Watertown on the ship Francis in 1634; Matthew Coe, who emigrated from Bristol to Portsmouth in the year 1640; Alester Cowe, who arrived in Boston, Massachussets in 1652.
Contemporary Notables of the name Koo (post 1700)
- Peter A. Koo, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 16th District, 2008 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html