Rook Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Rock, Brook, Roos, Root, Cook, Book, Hook, Roop, Roof, Crook

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Rook Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rook. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Rook Family Origin

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Rook Family Occupations

What did your Rook ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Rook occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Rook's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Rook family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rook.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Rook Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 61,000 census records available for the last name Rook. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rook census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Rook. 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 Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Rook. For the veterans among your Rook ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rook Life Expectancy

What is the average Rook lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rook life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Rook in 1940 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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