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The origins of the Rooke surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person who because of their physical characteristics was known as a rook. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. In this case the surname refers to those individuals who have black hair or dark complexions.

Rooke Early Origins



The surname Rooke was first found in Oxfordshire where Geoffrey le Roke, William le Ruk and Adam le Roc were all listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. A few years later during the rule of King Edward III (1312-1377), Richard le Rouke and Hugh le Rook were listed as holding lands in Somerset. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Rooke Spelling Variations


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Rooke Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Rooke has been spelled many different ways, including Rook, Rooke, Rookes, Rooks, Roke and others.

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Rooke Early History


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Rooke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rooke research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1820, 1650, 1709, 1704, 1622 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Rooke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rooke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rooke Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rooke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Rookes to arrive in North America:

Rooke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Rooke settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Danl Rooke, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Daniel Rooke settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Samuel Rooke settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Thomas Rooke, who arrived in America in 1654-1679
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rooke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Rooke settled in Boston in 1712
  • Samll Rooke, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712

Rooke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Rooke, aged 50, arrived in New York in 1812

Rooke Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Amos Rooke U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Miss. Fanny Rooke U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. George Rooke U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Rooke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Rooke arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Eliza Rooke, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald"
  • Margaret Rooke, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald"
  • William Rooke (aged 24), a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

Rooke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Rooke, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Esther Rooke, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rooke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rooke (post 1700)



  • John Rooke (b. 1959), American award-winning broadcaster, inductee into the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame
  • Leon Rooke CM (b. 1934), American-born, Canadian novelist who helped found the Eden Mills Writers' Festival (1989)
  • Frank A. Rooke, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Greenwich; Elected 1918
  • Albert Rooke, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Meriden, 1910
  • Pamela Rooke (b. 1955), known by the name Jordan, English model and actress
  • Irene Rooke (1878-1958), English theatre and film actress
  • Lawrence Rooke (1622-1662), English astronomer and mathematician, one of the founders of the Royal Society
  • Noel Rooke (1881-1953), English wood engraver and artist
  • Thomas Charles Byde Rooke (1806-1858), English physician who married into the royal family of the Kingdom of Hawaii, probably best known for his mansion named Rooke House in Honolulu
  • Ronald Leslie "Ronnie" Rooke (1911-1985), English footballer
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Rooke Historic Events


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Rooke Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Rooke, British, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Efflorescent cornices dum micat sol
Motto Translation: Rooks will flourish while the sun shines.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Rooke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rooke Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 6 April 2016 at 16:06.

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