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Updated January 23, 2020

Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch and North German : occupational name for a pastry cook. See also Kook.
  • Korean : there are three Chinese characters for this surname, used by three different clans. Two of them are very rare; only the Tamyang Kuk clan will be considered here. This is said to have originated in Song China. The clan’s founding ancestor, Kuk Ryang, held a government post during the early 12th century, in the Koryŏ period. Kuk Ryang’s ancestors are said to have come from Song China.
  • Chinese : variant of Ju 1.

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