Last name: Cooke

This interesting surname is of Scottish origin, and is derived from the occupational name for a cook, derived from the Latin "cocus"; the name could also have been given to a seller of cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating house. The name development since 1178 (see below) includes the following: John Coquis (circa 1190, Kelso); Radulphus Cocus (1204, Dryburgh); Richard Cook (1274, Dunfermline); William Cuk (1398, Aberdeen); and John Cuke (1402, Edinburgh). The modern surname can be found as Cooke and Cook, and is very common in both Scotland and England. An early settler in America was one Garret Cooke, who set sail from London on the "Primrose" in July 1635, bound for Virginea. Among the recordings in Scottish Church Registers are the marriage of Alexander Cooke and Marjorie Powrie on August 22nd 1680 at St. Maddes, Perth, and the christening of Thomas, son of John Cooke and Margrat Croone, on February 1st 1715, also at Perth. The marriage was recorded in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, of John Cooke and Elisabeth Barton Watt, on April 28th 1806. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Jocelin Cocus, which was dated 1178, Edinburgh, Scotland, during the reign of King William "The Lion" of Scotland, 1165 - 1214. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Stacie Cooke

reading this article is surreal! William, Thomas, Richard and Marjorie are all very common and traditional names in my family. So weird!

Chimene Cooke

My family starts in Ireland from 1800's with Terence Patrick Cooke who's father had been given land in Cavan .Interested to see if any others track back to there

tony cooke derry

joe cookes daughter

Peter Cooke
I am Irish. I can trace family tree back 8 generations in Galway Ireland. The original origin of the name Cooke is from north east france/ Germany.

Good day, I am looking for Cooke family members. My Great Grandfather was Robert Henry Cooke and his father was John Henry Hobart Cooke. But that is as far back as I can you have any of them in your family tree? Any information would be wonderful. You can email me at Thank you so much, T.L.

jaime cooke

im a cooke, hi peter! in canada.

george cooke
my name is george cooke and i am cuban,german and black so how that how happened. That a black man can have the name cooke when it originated from Britain

Patty Cooke
Patty Cooke Also know James Battle Cooke married Lenny (Katie) Carriker some time (probably) between l954 thru 1957. Any information would be of great help.

Patty Cooke
Patty Cooke I am looking for any information regarding James Battle Cooke. All I know is he was a Marine and was stationed at Fayetteville NC.

Terri Cook
i am trying to find more information on my fathers side of the family we are "Cook" we are English, Scottish, Irish, and French. my grandfather was Walter Frances Cook. any info????

caprice cooke
i am trying to see where we come from im looking for relatives of robert g cooke

John C
The name 'cooke' comes from the Old English word 'coc: to cook. It should be remembered that Scots is a branch of English. I wonder if the German surname 'Koek' is related?

Jeannette Cooke
I'm trying to find info on a George Randall Cooke who married Edith Maria Wolseley somewhere in Ireland around 1830s. They possibly lived in Dublin and he was a banker.

Katie Cooke
My last name is Cooke and I'm Korean, and I have no idea how that's my last name, haha :]

Rowland Cooke
My grandfather whose surname wad also Cooke had oriental type eye flaps. I wonder if this is linked??

Kate Cooke
My grandfather was Cherokee indian and his last name was Cooke. I dont get it, can someone shed some light? :)

Eric Cook

My grandfather was also Eastern Cherokee. Based on my research, it is very likely that early immigrants were sold into slavery and later absorbed into the tribe.

Thanks for all the information. My last name is Cook while my best friends in England spell it Cooke. My grandmother stated once to me my surname is German.

Elizabeth Cooke
I'm Irish, English and Scottish, so it's no surprise that my last name originated from somewhere around there. Our last name changed from Cook to Cooke a while ago, but it was for a different reason other than Civil War or it originally being Cooke. We had an ancestor that proposed to a woman, but she refused, saying that she wanted to have a more exciting last name. So he changed the spelling of his last name from Cook to Cooke, and she was satisfied. They then got married. Happy ending :) Strange story, but it's interesting to know when and how the spelling got the way it is for our family.

Michael Cooke
I'm an Irish Cooke, probably anglicised from MacDhabhoc (pron: MacGowak). There are also MacCuag's who are anglicised the same. There are indigenous Cookes as well as Cookes of direct English origin in Ireland. There are also Cooks (without the "e"), common in the north of Ireland of scottish or English origin.

Douglas Cooke
The surname "Cooke" is both Scottish and Irish. Be proud to have either...I can trace back to both!

Fiona Cooke
Yes Cooke is an Irish name, i am Irish and so is my family.

Sean Cooke
@Audrey, I am Irish decent. Have you any further information on the Irish Cookes ? Please.

Michael William Cooke
I am a Sri-Lankan born Eurasian. My grand-dad and Dad belonged to the planting fraternity. My forebears on grand-dads side hailed from England. I wish to make contact with any Cookes domiciled in the United Kingdom.

mark stephen cooke
im from weybridge in surrey....anyone one related