McCook History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the name McCook dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a cook, a seller of cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating-house. The surname McCook is derived from the Old English word coc, which means cook.  
Early Origins of the McCook family
The surname McCook was first found in Essex where the first found record the name was Aelfsige Coc (c.950) who is recorded in an early reference of Anglo Saxon Wills,  more than one hundred years before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066. Galter Coc was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 in Essex and almost two hundred years later, Walter le Kuc was listed in the Assize Rolls of Cheshire in 1260. Continuing the quest, we found Richard Cok in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire in 1269, Henry Coke in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1279, Ralph le Cook and Joan Cokes in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. Robert le Couk was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327 and Roger le Kokes in the Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire in 1332.  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed John Cocus in Norfolk, Alexander Cocus in Yorkshire, Emma Coca in Cambridgeshire and Matthew Cocus in Oxfordshire.  Ireby in Lancashire was home to another branch of the family. "This place is written 'Irebi' in the Domesday Survey, and then comprehended three carucates of land. In the reign of James I., lived Thomas Cooke de Irebye. The family of Cooke were the former possessors of the Hall, sometimes called Fothergill Hall, and sometimes Nether Hall." 
Important Dates for the McCook family
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McCook Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name McCook has undergone many spelling variations, including Cooke, Cook, Cocus and others.
Early Notables of the McCook family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Cooke (or John Cook, John Coke, 1608-1660), the first Solicitor General of the English Commonwealth and led the prosecution of Charles I; Francis Cooke (1583-1663), one of the 102 passengers on the Mayflower; Captain Henry Cooke (c.1616-1672), an English composer, actor and singer, Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and joined the Royalist cause, Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal (1660-1672); Sir William Cooke of Highnam; his son, Sir Robert Cooke (c. 1598-1643), an English politician Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire (1640) and Tewkesbury (1641-1643); his son, Edward Cooke (died 1683)...
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Migration of the McCook family to Ireland
Some of the McCook family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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McCook migration to the United States
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McCook were among those contributors:
Typical McCook Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
McCook Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George McCook, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1780 
McCook Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph McCook, who landed in South Carolina in 1813 
McCook migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McCook Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Eliza McCook, aged 20, who arrived in Quebec in 1834
- James McCook, aged 44, who arrived in Quebec in 1834
- Jane McCook, aged 40, who landed in Quebec in 1834
- John McCook, aged 16, who arrived in Quebec in 1834
- Martha McCook, aged 12, who arrived in Quebec in 1834
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Contemporary Notables of the name McCook (post 1700)
- Anson George McCook (1835-1917), American brevet brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, son of John James McCook
- Daniel McCook Jr., (1834-1864), American brigade commander in the Union Army, son of Daniel McCook, son of John James McCook
- Robert Latimer McCook (1827-1862), American general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, son of Daniel McCook
- Edward Moody McCook (1833-1909), Major General and Governor of the Colorado Territory, son of John James McCook
- Dr. John James McCook (1806-1865), American volunteer surgeon during the Civil War, one of two Ohio brothers who became known as the "Fighting McCooks"
- Alexander McDowell McCook (1831-1903), American Major General who commanded XX Corps, son of Daniel McCook
- Daniel McCook (1798-1863), American lawyer and officer for the Union army during the American Civil War, one of two Ohio brothers who became known as the "Fighting McCooks"
- John McCook (b. 1944), American actor
- Anson T. McCook (1881-1966), American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut, 1922; Connecticut State Treasurer, 1924; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 1st District, 1934 
- Anson George McCook (1835-1917), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York 8th District, 1877-83; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884 
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Historic Events for the McCook family
Arrow Air Flight 1285
- Mr. Robert Frank McCook (b. 1963), American First Sergeant from Woodlawn, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash 
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