Birdena Cook

Brief Life History of Birdena

When Birdena Cook was born on 28 May 1883, in Calaveras, California, United States, her father, James Douglas Cook, was 38 and her mother, Catharine Lamb, was 27. She married Jefferson Reid Gillam on 3 April 1902, in San Joaquin, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in San Andreas, Calaveras, California, United States for about 20 years and San Andreas Judicial Township, Calaveras, California, United States in 1940. She died on 18 August 1969, at the age of 86, and was buried in Manteca, San Joaquin, California, United States.

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Jefferson Reid Gillam
Birdena Cook
Marriage: 3 April 1902
Erma Mae Gillam

Sources (12)

  • Birdie Gillam in household of Jefferson R Gillam, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Berdina Cook, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
  • Berdina Cook Gillam Moore, "Find A Grave Index"

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Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a cook, a seller of cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating house, from Middle English cok, coke, cook, couk, cuk(e) (Old English cōc) ‘cook’ or ‘seller of cooked foods’. See also Kew .

Irish and Scottish: usually identical in origin with the English name (see 1 above), but in some cases a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cúg ‘son of Hugo’ (see McCook ).

Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames meaning ‘cook’, such as German and Jewish Koch , Dutch Kook , Polish Kucharz and Kucharczyk , Slovenian and Croatian Kuhar , North German Kuk .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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