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Hook Surname Meaning

English: from Middle English hoke Old English hōc ‘hook bend in a river hill spur’. The surname may be topographic for someone who lived at or near a river bend or hill spur or habitational from any of various places called with this word such as Hook in Devon Hampshire Lancashire Surrey Wiltshire and Yorkshire as well as Hooke in Dorset. English: nickname from Middle English hok ‘hook’ perhaps for someone with a hooked or crooked nose or bent back or from the Old English personal name Hōca or Hōc probably originally a nickname for a man with a hook nose or bent figure. Swedish (Höök): nickname soldier's name or ornamental name from hök ‘hawk’. Possibly an Americanized form of Dutch Hoek . Compare Van Hook .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hood, Hoo, Hoop, Look, Rook, Hock, Cook, Hoch, Wool, Hoos

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Where is the Hook family from?

You can see how Hook families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hook family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hook families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 761 Hook families living in London. This was about 17% of all the recorded Hook's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Hook families in 1891.
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What did your Hook ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Hook. 8% of Hook men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Hook women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hook were Incapacitated and Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Duties
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Census Records

There are 179,000 census records available for the last name Hook. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hook census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Hook. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 25,000 military records available for the last name Hook. For the veterans among your Hook ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hook lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hook life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hook in 1940 was 64, and 74 in 2004.

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