Cocke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Cocke family

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.

Important Dates for the Cocke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cocke research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cocke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Cocke family (pre 1700)

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Cocke migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Geo Cocke, aged 25, who arrived in America in 1635 [1]
  • Joseph Cocke, aged 27, who arrived in America in 1635 [1]
  • Lewis Cocke, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Robert Cocke, who arrived in Maryland in 1660-1665 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Elizabeth Cocke, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [1]
  • Richard Cocke, who landed in Virginia in 1720 [1]
  • William Cocke, who landed in Virginia in 1720 [1]
  • Ann Cocke, who arrived in Virginia in 1724 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • Charles Lewis Cocke (b. 1940), American physicist and winner of the 2006 Davisson-Germer Prize
  • John Cocke (1925-2002), American computer scientist who is considered "the father of RISC architecture"
  • J. W. Cocke, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1912, 1916 [2]
  • 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 [2]
  • Earl Cocke Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1952 [2]
  • David J. Cocke, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1996, 2004 [2]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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