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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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Cook Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cook name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    52%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    19%

  • Germanic Europe

    8%

  • Norway

    3%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    3%

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Cook Family Origin

Where is the Cook family from?

Cook Family Occupations

What did your Cook ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Cook occupation in Canada was Farmer. 32% of Cook's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Cook family was Servant. Farmer, Going To School and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cook.

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  • Farmer

    32%
  • Going To School

    5%
  • School

    4%
  • Servant

    4%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cook ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Cook Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Cook. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cook 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 299,000 immigration records available for the last name Cook. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Cook Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cook ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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