Cornwall in southwestern England provides the original birthplace of the surname Kook. Nickname surnames were rare among the Cornish, they did occasionally adopt names that reflected the physical characteristics or other attributes of the original bearer of the name. The name Kook is a nickname type of surname for a person with a rosy complexion or red hair. Interestingly, the name Kook was originally from the Welsh word coch, which means red.
Early Origins of the Kook family
Cornwall 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 Kook family
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Kook Spelling Variations
spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Cock, Cocke, Koke, Cocks and others.
Early Notables of the Kook family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kook family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first North American settlers with Kook name or one of its variants: Joseph Cock who settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Lewis Cock settled in Virginia in 1638; Ralph Cock and his wife settled in Savannah Georgia in 1774..
Contemporary Notables of the name Kook (post 1700)
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