Just to remind all Cook(e)s a Cooke Name Study is being conducted.

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My Cook family used to be spelled Cooke. My great grandfather dropped the (e) we think because he was hiding from the family. Not sure but interesting. Check it out and add the Category to your Cooke profiles lets help Iain find the lines.
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Living Cook G2G1 (1.7k points)
recategorized by Ellen Smith
There are lots of folks with the Cooke spelling in the Mayflower Families in Progress books. Francis Cooke and his son John Cooke came over on the Mayflower. There is a four generation book, and probably a five generation book.
Link? (re: original post)
One way to read it, the original post is "Just to remind all Cook(e) s..."
wow! thanks Frank i will check those out!
thanks Bert!
You may have a library with a good genealogy section in near you. It might have a Cooke book or two on the shelf. I have the four generation book and it includes the following first names with the Cooke surname:

Anne, Caleb, Elizabeth, Francis, Hannah, Hester, Jacob, James, Jane, John, Joseph, Josiah, Lydia, Margaret, Martha, Mary, Mercy, Rebecca, Robert, Sarah, Susanna and William.

The most recent people in the fourth generation book, lived in the 1700's. The fifth generation Cooke book would take it a couple of decades further and most likely have more individuals than the fourth generation.
Well that's great info Frank. Hook up with links so it can be added to the Cooke Name study and see if we can link all of them together. I know it is highly unlikely to find mine or my mother's line of Cook/Cookes since we did not stem from the Mayflower but it would still be great knowledge and information for others and a Name Study would be perfect to get that information out.
I know Cookes who gave up and dropped the "e"

when everyone misspelled the name.
are they in the US?
Think you need to watch with most names my grandpa was a Cook generations before him were Cooke, My gran was born a Callister but married lines show Collister. She married James Cook in Oldham Lancashire 1929.
Thanks Anne,

Yes our line of Cook changed the spelling as well. Dodie found out that it was my Grandfather that changed the spelling because he had some kind of disagreement with his father.

Could be more changes as we unearth the past.


I'm a direct descendant of Francis Cooke through my father's mother. I am in the process of joining the Mayflower Society. Just sent in the fee for it.

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I will certainly look at these books with interest, thanks for posting!
by Iain Cooke G2G6 Mach 1 (11.9k points)
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I have the same Problem, I'm new to Wikitree So Just trying to find my way around,

My Great-Grandmother(On Paternal Side) Was Cooke

But found three Census's with the same family In Cooke In 1881- 1891 & In 1901 In Cook & in 1911 back to Cooke.

1881 Census Birmingham, Warwickshire, Eng

Charles Cooke 31
Louisa Cooke 31
Florence Cooke 9
Amy Cooke 7
Emily L. Cooke 5
Phoebe E. Cooke 3
Charles Cooke 1

1891 Census In Birmingham, Warwickshire.

Name Age
Charles Cooke 42
Louisa Cooke 41
Florence Cooke 19
Amy Cooke 17
Emily Cooke 16
Phoebe Cooke 14
Charles Cooke 12
Edith Cooke 

1901 Census In Aston Birmingham
Name Age
Charles Cook 50
Louisa Cook 50
Phoebe Cook 23
Charles Cook 21
Emily Flynn 24
Edward Flynn 7
Lena Flynn 

My Great-Grandmother was Emily Louisa Cooke, Born 1877 B,ham 

She Married a Edward Flynn In 1892, in B,ham, But was widowed Before 1900, thats why On the 1901 census she is Emily Flynn, Living with her Parents & Children Edward & Lena Flynn, 

But In 1902 She marries David Flynn (Edward Flynn's Brother) 

David Flynn & Emily were My Great-Grandparents, 
Now whats Interesting she married Edward Flynn In Cooke & David Flynn In Cook,I wonder if it was illegal to marry your Widowed Spouces Brother in 1902 & the Flynn Brothers were Baptised Catholic 

Charles Cooke was Born in 1849 & Baptised 4th May In 1851 In Sarsfield St Mary;s In Warwick & had a twin Sister called Mary Cooke, Baptised on the same day, 

Charles Married Louisa Soden On Nov 21st 1869 at the Parish Of St Thomas, B,ham 
Parents Samuel Cooke & Sarah Ann Ackroyd (Anne) 
(Samuel Cooke & Anne were from Denton Lancashire & Samuel a hatter by Trade, 

Parents of Samuel Cooke Were Mary & Charles Cooke 

Any help would be appreciated 

by Living Burgess G2G2 (2.3k points)
edited by Living Burgess
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Hi -- I have heard that Cooks added the e to show their Protestant faith during times of anti-Catholic persecution in England, yet in the United States, most Cookes with an e are Catholic and without Protestant.  Any insight welcomed!
by Richard Batchelder G2G1 (1.3k points)

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