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
which means red.
Early Origins of the Kook family
The surname Kook was first found in 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
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kook research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kook History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kook Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of 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)
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kook Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kook family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kook Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Edward Kook, (b. 1853), aged 21, Cornish ploughman departing on 22nd May 1874 aboard the ship "St Lawrence" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 29th August 1874 CITATION[CLOSE]
Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
Contemporary Notables of the name Kook (post 1700)
- Adam J. Kook, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html