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The name Rooks has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for 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.

Rooks Early Origins



The surname Rooks 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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Rooks Spelling Variations


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Rooks Spelling Variations



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 Rooks have been found, including Rook, Rooke, Rookes, Rooks, Roke and others.

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Rooks Early History


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Rooks Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rooks 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 Rooks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rooks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rooks Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rooks 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



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 for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Rooks, or a variant listed above:

Rooks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Rooks settled in Virginia in 1638
  • William Rooks settled in St. Christopher in 1660

Rooks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Aleida Rooks, aged 8, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Catharina Rooks, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Gerrit Rooks, aged 6, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Harmen Rooks, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Hendrika Rooks, aged 17, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rooks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Rooks, aged 29, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
  • Anne Rooks, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
  • George Rooks, aged 18, a timekeeper, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rooks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rooks (post 1700)



  • Major-General Lowell Ward Rooks (1893-1973), American Commanding General 90th Division, North-West Europe (1942-1945)
  • Conrad Rooks (b. 1934), American writer, director and producer
  • Sean Lester Rooks (b. 1969), retired American NBA basketball player
  • Sanford Rooks Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000
  • Irvin Rooks, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1936
  • Steven Rooks (b. 1960), retired Dutch professional road racing cyclist
  • Captain Albert Harold Rooks (1891-1942), Captain in the United States Navy who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1942

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Suggested Readings for the name Rooks


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Suggested Readings for the name Rooks



  • The Final Irony by Katherine Lane Nicholas.
  • Thatcher, Buckmaster and Rooks Genealogy, and Allied Families by Nellie Thatcher.

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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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See Also


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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)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. 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).
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Rooks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rooks 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.

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