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The HOOK surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 13,171 2516 0.005 49
United States (1880 census) 4,719 1325 0.009 94
Change since 1880 +8452 -1191 -0.004 -45
Other Countries
Australia 1,075 1537 0.007 66
United Kingdom 5,509 1140 0.012 120
Top States for HOOK by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,122 2800 0.003 33
Ohio 875 1551 0.008 77
Pennsylvania 847 1749 0.007 69
Texas 639 3560 0.003 31
Florida 639 3235 0.004 40
Top States for HOOK by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Iowa 394 810 0.013 135
South Carolina 528 1274 0.013 132
South Dakota 93 965 0.012 123
Vermont 63 1735 0.010 103
Kansas 269 1102 0.010 100


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

Classification and Origin of HOOK

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the HOOK 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 HOOK 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 HOOK in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 527 4
White (Hispanic) 194 1.47
Mixed Race 170 1.29
Asian/Pacific 121 0.92
Native American/Alaskan 74 0.56
White (Caucasian) 12,084 91.75

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

Meaning of HOOK in historical publications

HOOK. HOOKE. Many localities in England bear the name of "the Hook," an expression which is doubtless topographical, though its precise derivation is not known. It is probably allied to the Teutonic hoe, 7ioh, hoch, &c., all meaning a hill or elevated place. The surname was written in the XrV. cent. Atte Hooke, and this by crasis sometimes became Tooke. It may be mentioned that Hoke, as a personal name, occurs in Saxon times. See Beowulf, 1. 2146, where we find the daughter of Hoke bewailing the death of her sons.

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 HOOK

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HOOK.

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 HOOK

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