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Where did the English Shook family come from? When did the Shook family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shook family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Shug, Shugge, Shook, Shuke, Shooke, Shugby and many more.

First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of North Tammerton. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shook research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1569 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Shook History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Shook Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shook Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Shook, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Johannes Shook, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Christn Shook, aged 48, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Christian Shook, who arrived in America in 1739
  • Peter Henry Shook, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740

Shook Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Shook, who came to Ohio in 1842
  • John Shook, who came to Pennsylvania in 1871
  • Levi Shook, who arrived in West Virginia in 1884

  • David Shook, who arrived in Nova Scotia sometime between 1598 and 1867

Shook Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patty Shook, who settled in Ontario in 1871


  • Alex J. Shook (b. 1969), American Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
  • Raymond Curtis Shook (1889-1970), American Major League Baseball player
  • Edward M. Shook (1911-2000), American archaeologist and Mayanist scholar
  • Travis Shook (b. 1969), American jazz pianist
  • Major Alexander MacDonald Shook, Canadian World War I flying ace



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