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Rook Surname Meaning

English: either a nickname from Middle English rok(e) ruk(e) ‘rook’ (Old English hrōc) perhaps for someone with very dark hair or a dark complexion or with a raucous voice or else a topographic or habitational name referring to a house with the sign of the rook. English: variant of Rock . German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with hrok perhaps a cognate of 1 or from Middle High German rōhen ‘to cry or yell (in battle)’ or Old High German ruoh ‘intent’ ‘greed’. Perhaps an altered form of German Ruck .

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

Similar surnames: Rock, Brook, Roos, Root, Cook, Book, Hook, Roop, Roof, Crook

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Where is the Rook family from?

You can see how Rook families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rook family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rook families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 285 Rook families living in London. This was about 15% of all the recorded Rook's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Rook families in 1891.
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What did your Rook 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 Rook. 8% of Rook men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Rook women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rook were Farmer 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
  • Farm Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

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

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Rook. 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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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Rook. For the veterans among your Rook ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rook lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rook life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Rook in 1940 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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