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Where did the English Cocagh family come from? What is the English Cocagh family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cocagh family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cocagh family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Cocagh comes from the family having 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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Cocagh has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. 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 Cocagh research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1327 is included under the topic Early Cocagh History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cocaghs to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Cockey who arrived in St. Christopher in 1634.

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The Cocagh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cocagh Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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