Last name origins & meanings:
- English: occupational name for a cook, a seller of cooked
meats, or a keeper of an eating house, from Old English cōc
(Latin coquus). There has been some confusion with
- 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
- Erroneous translation of French
Lécuyer (see Lecuyer).
- Francis Cooke (died 1663) and his eldest son John were passengers
on the Mayflower in 1621; they were joined two years later by
Francis’s wife and other children. In the words of William Bradford,
when he died he had ‘lived to see his children’s children have
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