Early Origins of the Cocchi family
The surname Cocchi was first found in on the island of Sardinia, which is northwest of Sicily
and approximately the same size. The name also appears on the mainland in Tuscany
, Emilia and Venezia. When the name appears in the north of mainland Italy, it is usually in a form ending with "i," whereas southern branches of the family tend to have adopted the southern tradition of ending their name in "o." Venezia is the exception to these rules, as the name most frequently appears there in the forms Coccon and Coccato. There are several possibilities for the meaning of this name. The first is that it comes from the Italian word "cocco," meaning "palm tree," in which case the first bearer of the name probably lived near an exceptionally large or strange-looking palm tree. The second is that it comes from the word "cucco," meaning "a very old or senile man," in which case the first bearer was such a man, or perhaps merely looked much older than he really was. The third possibility is that the name is meant to resemble the sound of an eggshell cracking, which would suggest that the first bearer of the name was a chicken farmer.
Early History of the Cocchi family
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Cocchi Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Cocco, Cocchi, Cocca, Cocchetto, Cocchetti, Cocchini, Coccolo, Coccoli, Coccaro, Coccorese, Coccorullo, Cocorullo and many more.
Early Notables of the Cocchi family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cocchi family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francesco Cocca, a 47 year-old tailor from St. Bartolomeo who came to New York in 1888 on board the SS Letimbro.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cocchi (post 1700)
- Benito Cocchi (1934-2016), Italian prelate, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bologna, Italy from 1974 until 1982