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Rook Family History

Rook Name Meaning
English: nickname from the bird (Old English hroc), most likely given to a person with very dark hair or a dark complexion or to someone with a raucous voice.English: some early examples, such as Robert of ye Rook (London 1318) and Henry del Rook (Staffordshire 1332), point clearly to a local name of some kind. The first of these could be from a house sign, the second may be a variant of Rock 1.German: from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with hrok, of uncertain origin; perhaps a cognate of 1 or from Middle High German rohen ‘to cry or yell (in battle)’ or Old High German ruoh ‘intent’.Perhaps an altered spelling of German Ruck.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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6,635 Military Records
4,096 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Rook Families

  • Number of Rook families
     48 - 94
     17 - 47
     1 - 16
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Rook families
     144 - 285
     49 - 143
     1 - 48
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Rook families
     8 - 14
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Rook Family Origin

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Rook Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Rook

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Rook Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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