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The COOK surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 294,795 60 0.109 1,093
United States (1880 census) 87,564 33 0.175 1,751
Change since 1880 +207231 -27 -0.066 -658
Other Countries
Australia 17,271 53 0.106 1,057
United Kingdom 68,318 57 0.149 1,487
Top States for COOK by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 20,966 88 0.101 1,005
California 19,710 120 0.058 582
Florida 16,408 72 0.103 1,027
Ohio 13,807 46 0.122 1,216
Michigan 13,491 35 0.136 1,357
Top States for COOK by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
West Virginia 3,873 22 0.214 2,142
Alabama 8,794 46 0.198 1,977
South Carolina 7,122 55 0.178 1,775
Oklahoma 5,952 41 0.172 1,725
Mississippi 4,830 54 0.170 1,698


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called COOK live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called COOK represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called COOK in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a COOK by picking someone at random in West Virginia than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of COOK

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the COOK surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the COOK surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of COOK in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 246,213 83.52
Black/African American 36,171 12.27
Mixed Race 4,363 1.48
White (Hispanic) 4,186 1.42
Native American/Alaskan 2,535 0.86
Asian/Pacific 1,297 0.44

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the COOK surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of COOK in historical publications

COOK. COOKE. The occupation. In Domesd. there are several tenants stjdcd Cocus, and one, ' quidam Coquus Regis.' Coke is an archaic form of the name. The Lond. Direct, has more than 250 traders of this surname.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to COOK

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as COOK.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for COOK

The following words are slight variants of COOK that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.