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.
Early Origins of the Cocagh family
The surname Cocagh was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Cocagh family
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Cocagh Spelling Variations
Cocagh has been spelled many different ways. 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. Spelling variants included: Cochey, Cockey, Cocheye, Cocagh and others.
Early Notables of the Cocagh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cocagh family to the New World and Oceana
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.