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Where did the English Cockey family come from? When did the Cockey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cockey family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Cockey comes from when the family resided in the village of Cochagh. The place-name was originally derived from the Old English word cocc, which literally means someone who lived by a hill or haycock, a mound of fresh cut hay left to dry in the meadow.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Cockey has been recorded under many different variations, including Cochey, Cockey, Cocheye, Cocagh and others.

First found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockey research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1327 is included under the topic Early Cockey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cockey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cockey or a variant listed above:

Cockey Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Cockey who arrived in St. Christopher in 1634
  • Tho Cockey, aged 25, landed in Barbados or St Christopher in 1634

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