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Hook Name Meaning

English (southern): from Middle English hoke, Old English hoc ‘hook’, in any of a variety of senses: as a metonymic occupational name for someone who made and sold hooks as agricultural implements or employed them in his work; as a topographic name for someone who lived by a ‘hook’ of land, i.e. the bend of a river or the spur of a hill; or as a nickname (in part a survival of an Old English byname) for someone with a hunched back or a hooked nose. A similar ambiguity of interpretation presents itself in the case of Crook. In some cases the surname may be habitational from any of various places named Hook(e), from this word, as for example in Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire. Swedish (Hö(ö)k): nickname or a metonymic occupational name from hök ‘hawk’, a soldier’s name.

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

Similar surnames: Hood, Hoo, Hoop, Look, Rook, Hock, Cook, Hoch, Wool, Hoos

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Where is the Hook family from?

You can see how Hook families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hook family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hook families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 55 Hook families living in Ohio. This was about 19% of all the recorded Hook's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Hook families in 1840.
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What did your Hook ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hook. 16% of Hook men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Hook women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hook 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 179,000 census records available for the last name Hook. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hook census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Hook. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Hook. For the veterans among your Hook ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hook lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hook life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hook in 1940 was 64, and 74 in 2004.

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