The surname Cooke is an occupational name deriving from the work the original bearer undertook. The cook was an important part of the Medieval household and the seller of cooked meats and the keeper of an eating house were also known as Cooke. The surname Cooke is first recorded in England in 1086. The first record of the name in the New World is in 1617 when George Cooke arrived in Virginia. Today there are approximately 32,000 bearers of the name Cooke living in the US.
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