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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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

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.

tony cooke derry

joe cookes daughter

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

Stacie Cooke

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

I am Alexander cooke

My great great grandfather was Thomas Richard Cooke , he was half Aboriginal australian and half Indian/malay . We are guessing he had a european grandfather by name of Cooke, unfortunately we can't trace his lineage

Does anyone have information about the last name Coquis?

annette cooke
Wondering if Jaimie who posted below is my cousin. Would be son of Robert and Mary with sister Eve. Uncle Archie would be my father. Archibald Richard seems to have been the name passed down thru the lineage I can trace it back to perhaps some family emigrating to Philadelphia in the US - circus folks perhaps?

John Cooke
I have mixed ancestry from Yorkshire, Lancashire and possibly Ireland.

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