The origins of the Cockaker name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Somerset
, where they lived in one of two parishes named Coker.
Early Origins of the Cockaker family
The surname Cockaker 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 Cockaker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockaker 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 Cockaker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cockaker 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 Cockaker were recorded, including Coker, Coaker, Cokers and others.
Early Notables of the Cockaker 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 Cockaker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cockaker family to the New World and Oceana
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 Cockaker family emigrate to North America: 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..