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The COOKE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 31,860 1000 0.012 118
United States (1880 census) 4,416 1407 0.009 88
Change since 1880 +27444 +407 +0.003 +30
Other Countries
Australia 5,026 279 0.031 307
United Kingdom 27,336 189 0.060 595
Top States for COOKE by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
North Carolina 3,053 347 0.038 379
California 2,385 1368 0.007 70
New York 2,106 797 0.011 111
Virginia 2,077 382 0.029 293
Florida 2,064 972 0.013 129
Top States for COOKE by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
North Carolina 3,053 347 0.038 379
Delaware 248 488 0.032 316
South Carolina 1,216 517 0.030 303
Virginia 2,077 382 0.029 293
Washington DC 165 336 0.029 288


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

Classification and Origin of COOKE

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 COOKE 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 COOKE 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 COOKE in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 468 1.47
Mixed Race 436 1.37
Native American/Alaskan 370 1.16
Asian/Pacific 140 0.44
White (Caucasian) 25,647 80.5
Black/African American 4,798 15.06

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

Meaning of COOKE in historical publications

One whose occupation it is to prepare victuals for the table.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

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 COOKE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as COOKE.

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 COOKE

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