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Cook Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a cook, a seller of cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating house, from Old English coc (Latin coquus). There has been some confusion with Cocke. Irish and Scottish: usually identical in origin with the English name, but in some cases a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cúg ‘son of Hugo’ (see McCook). In North America Cook has absorbed examples of cognate and semantically equivalent names from other languages, such as German and Jewish Koch. Erroneous translation of French Lécuyer (see Lecuyer).

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


Similar surnames: Rook, Hook, Look, Coop, Crook, Kook, Coon, Cool, Tock, Book

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Where is the Cook family from?

You can see how Cook families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cook family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cook families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 989 Cook families living in New York. This was about 19% of all the recorded Cook's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Cook families in 1840.
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What did your Cook ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cook. 15% of Cook men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Cook women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cook were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 299,000 immigration records available for the last name Cook. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 379,000 military records available for the last name Cook. For the veterans among your Cook ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cook lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Cook life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cook in 1940 was 23, and 74 in 2004.

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