Hooker Family CrestThe English surname Hooker, 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 (in part a survival of an Old English byname) 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 1623 when Thomas Hooker settled in Virginia. Today there are approximately 17,000 bearers of the name Hooker living in the United States. 

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