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The birthplace of the surname Cocke is Cornwall, a rugged peninsula in southwestern England that is noted for its strong Gaelic traditions. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The process by which hereditary surnames came to be used is intriguing. As the number of inhabitants of Europe swelled, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify them. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Although nickname surnames were rare among the Cornish, they did occasionally adopt names that reflected the physical characteristics or other attributes of the original bearer of the name. The name Cocke is a nickname type of surname for a person with a rosy complexion or red hair. Interestingly, the name Cocke was originally from the Welsh word coch, which means red.

Cocke Early Origins



The surname Cocke was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Cocke Spelling Variations


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Cocke Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Cock, Cocke, Koke, Cocks and others.

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Cocke Early History


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Cocke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cocke research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cocke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cocke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cocke Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cocke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Study of Passenger and Immigration lists has revealed that among early immigrants bearing the Cocke surname were:

Cocke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Cocke, who arrived in Virginia in 1627
  • Geo Cocke, aged 25, arrived in America in 1635
  • Joseph Cocke, aged 27, arrived in America in 1635
  • Lewis Cocke, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Cocke, who arrived in Maryland in 1660-1665
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cocke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard, Cocke Jr., who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Elizabeth Cocke, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Richard Cocke, who landed in Virginia in 1720
  • William Cocke, who landed in Virginia in 1720
  • Ann Cocke, who arrived in Virginia in 1724
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cocke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cocke (post 1700)



  • William Cocke (1747-1828), American lawyer, one of the first U.S. Senators from Tennessee
  • Philip St. George Cocke (1809-1861), Confederate general during the American Civil War
  • John Hartwell Cocke II (1780-1866), American planter and brigadier general in the War of 1812
  • John Alexander Cocke (1772-1854), American politician who represented Tennessee
  • J. W. Cocke, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1912, 1916
  • Frederick Bird Smith Cocke (1813-1903), American politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives, 1861-63, 1879; Delegate to Texas State Constitutional Convention, 1875
  • Earl Cocke Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1952
  • David J. Cocke, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1996, 2004
  • Buller Cocke, American politician, Postmaster at Norfolk, Virginia, 1821
  • Jack F. Cocke, American politician, Candidate for Representative from Alabama in the Confederate Congress 5th District, 1861, 1863
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The Cocke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cocke Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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