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The name Bokon is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in a village of Bocking, in the county of Essex near Braintree

Early Origins of the Bokon family

The surname Bokon was first found in Essex, at Bocking, a parish, in the union of Braintree, hundred of Hinckford. [1]

However, one of the first records of the family was Ralph Bocking (d. 1270), a Dominican friar, stated to have been a native of Chichester. "He was the private confessor of Richard Wych, who held the see of Chichester from 1245 till his death in 1253. " [2]

Early History of the Bokon family

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Bokon Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bokon were recorded, including Bocking, Boking, Bokings, Bockyng, Bockinges and others.

Early Notables of the Bokon family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Edward Bocking, (d. 1534) a Benedictine monk famous for his opposition to King Henry VIII. He was the leading supporter of Elizabeth Barton, the nun of Kent. "A few months after Henry VIII's marriage with Anne Boleyn (28 May 1533), the...
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Migration of the Bokon family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bokon family emigrate to North America: Richard Bocking, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1741.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook