The English surname Hooke, found mainly in the Southeast, is derived from the Middle English term hoke, Old English hoc meaning “ a hook,” in any of a variety of senses: as a metonymic occupational name for someone who made and sold hooks as agricultural implements or employed them in his work; as a topographic name for someone who lived by a ‘hook’ of land, i.e. the bend of a river or the spur of a hill; or as a nickname for someone with a hunched back or a hooked nose. The name is first recorded in England in the late 13th Century. The first record of the name in the New World is in 1620 when John Hooke settled in Massachusetts. Today there are approximately 600 bearers of the name Hooke living in the United States.