SHOOK Surname Meaning and Family History

What Does the Last Name Shook Mean?

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The surname Shook is a variant of the German surname Schuck, derived from scouh, meaning "shoemaker." Schoch is a common Swiss variation and "Schook" or "Schoock" are commonly found in the Netherlands.


Surname Origin: German

Where In the World Is the SHOOK Surname Found?

According to Forebears, the Shook surname is most prevalent in the United States and Guam. The original German spelling of Shuck is still much more common in Germany, especially in the Rheinland-Pfalz region according to WorldNames PublicProfiler. Shuck is also a fairly common surname in Pest, Hungary.

Germany-specific surname distribution maps at identify the Schuck surname as being most frequent in Miltenberg, followed by Aschaffenburg, Berlin, Kusel, München and Kaiserslautern. 

Famous People with the SHOOK Surname

  • Edwin M. Shook - American archaeologist and Mayanist scholar
  • Travis Shook - American jazz pianist

Genealogy Resources for the Surname SHOOK

Meanings of Common German Surnames
Uncover the meaning of your German last name with this free guide to the meanings and origins of common German surnames.

Shook Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Shook family crest or coat of arms for the Shook surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male-line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

Shook Surname DNA Project
This genetic genealogy project is open to all individuals with the surname Hahn and variants such as Schoke, Schuch, Schuske, Shuck, who are interested in using DNA with traditional genealogical research to identify common Hahn ancestors.

Shook Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Shook surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Shook surname query.

FamilySearch - SHOOK Genealogy
Explore over 500,000 results, including digitized records, database entries, and online family trees for the Shook surname and its variations on the FREE FamilySearch website, courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

SHOOK Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts a free mailing list for researchers of the Shook surname. - SHOOK Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Shook.

GeneaNet - Shook Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Shook surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Shook Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Shook surname from the website of Genealogy Today.

References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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