Kuk Family History
Kuk Name Meaning
North German: perhaps an occupational name for a pastry cook (compare Kok ). Slovenian: probably a topographic name from dialect kuk ‘hip’ by extension ‘hill hillock’ (compare Kok ). It may also be a nickname from the homonym kuk ‘insect little worm’. Croatian: probably a topographic name of the same meaning as Slovenian name above from kuk ‘hip’. Polish: nickname from Old Polish kukać ‘to call to cry out to shout’ or kuk ‘demon evil spirit’. Compare Cook . Korean: there are three Chinese characters for this surname used by three different clans. Two of them are very rare; only the Tamyang Kuk clan will be considered here. This is said to have originated in Song China. The clan's founding ancestor Kuk Ryang held a government post during the early 12th century in the Koryŏ period. Kuk Ryang's ancestors are said to have come from Song China. Compare Cook 6 and Kook Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 鞠 see Ju 7: Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 谷 see Gu 8: Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 郤 see Xi 9: Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 曲 see Qu 10: Amerindian (Mexico): Mayan name from a word denoting e.g. ‘squirrel’ (see Kuk ) or ‘feather’ by extension also ‘quetzal’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press