The ancestors of the bearers of the Coacker family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Somerset
, where they lived in one of two parishes named Coker.
Early Origins of the Coacker family
The surname Coacker was first found in Somerset
where there is an East, and West Coker. North Coker no longer exists. The place name dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Cocre, part of the Houdsborough hundred
and was originally the name of a stream there, a Celtic river-name meaning "crooked, winding." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
East Coker was the second poem of T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets and was directly connected to Eliot's ancestry and East Coker's church was later to house Eliot's ashes.
Early History of the Coacker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coacker research.Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1523, 1607, 1563, 1617, 1698, 1656, 1660, 1683, 1734, 1722, 1727, 1617, 1697, 1656, 1646 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Coacker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coacker Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Coacker include Coker, Coaker, Cokers and others.
Early Notables of the Coacker family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Coker (c.
1523-1607), of Mappowder, Dorset
, Member of Parliament for Bletchingley in 1563; Robert Coker (c.1617-1698), of Mappowder, Dorset, Member of Parliament for... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coacker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coacker family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Coacker or a variant listed above: Robert Coker who sailed on the " Mary and John" and settled in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1632; John Coker settled in Virginia in 1623; another John arrived in New England
in 1775. The scion of the distinguished family of the U.S.A. was James Lide Coker of Darlington, South Carolina..