What does the name Cook mean?
The Cook surname comes from Old English, and is common throughout the English-speaking world. The origins of the surname Cook are occupational, derived from the word 'coc'. This name could be used to describe someone who not only cooked, but sold cooked meat, or ran an inn or eating-house.
The earliest occurrence of the Cook surname in our family history documents is from 1388, and we currently have 3,296,276 records where Cook appears.
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Typical jobs for Cooks
Hard-working people, the Cooks. 3555 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Cooks lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Cook in London.
Cooks’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Cooks were angels, apparently. We found 3424 in criminal records.
Cooks in World War I
According to the World War I records, 4533 Cooks served in the First World War.