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Origins of the Cooke surname

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About the Cookes

We have a total number of 219252 records for people with the last name Cooke.

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Where do most Cookes live?

In 1921, most Cookes lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Cookes

How common is your surname?

145th most common surname in the UK

We have 188,000 records for the Cooke surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Cookes most likely to marry?

Smiths

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Cook Or Coock Or Cookes

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What are the most common Cooke first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Cooke family members

Common jobs for Cookes

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Cookes in 1921
Dressmaker

809

Living On Own Means

413

Laundress

353

General Servant Domestic

341

Domestic Servant

318

Common Male occupations for Cookes in 1921
Farmer

656

Coal Miner

608

Agricultural Labourer

551

General Labourer

482

Blacksmith

436

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