Family 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 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).
- 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 children’.