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Where did the English Cocker family come from? What is the English Cocker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cocker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cocker family history?The name Cocker was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cocker family lived in Norfolk. The family was originally from Cochett in Calvados, Normandy, and it is from their residence in this location that the name derives.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Cocket, Cockett and others.
First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cocker research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1676 and 100 are included under the topic Early Cocker History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cocker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Cocker or a variant listed above:
Cocker Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Cocker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Cocker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cocker 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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