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

The name Cockrel arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cockrel family lived in Oxfordshire. The family was originally from Cocquerel, near Evreux, Normandy, and it is from that location that their name derives.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Cockerell, Cockerill, Cockrill, Cockrell and others.

First found in Oxfordshire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockrel research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1861 is included under the topic Early Cockrel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Cockrel or a variant listed above were: William Cockerell who settled in Barbados in 1639; followed by Nicholas who also settled in Barbados in 1678; Thomas Cockerill settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1845..

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The Cockrel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cockrel 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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