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The name Cocker was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cocker family lived in Norfolk. The family was originally from Cochett in Calvados, Normandy, and it is from their residence in this location that the name derives.

Cocker Early Origins



The surname Cocker was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Cocker Spelling Variations


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Cocker Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Cocket, Cockett and others.

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Cocker Early History


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Cocker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cocker research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1631 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Cocker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cocker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cocker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cocker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Cocker or a variant listed above:

Cocker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Cocker, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Lancett Cocker, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Thomas Cocker, who landed in Maryland in 1666
  • John Cocker, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1686
  • Jonathan Cocker, who landed in Virginia in 1696

Cocker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Cocker, aged 21, landed in America in 1821
  • William Cocker, who arrived in Texas in 1859

Cocker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Cocker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Sarah Cocker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Harriet Cocker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • John Cocker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • Mary Cocker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cocker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cocker (post 1700)



  • Chester Arthur Cocker (b. 1941), American statesman
  • John Robert "Joe" Cocker OBE (1944-2014), English rock and blues singer, probably best known for his 1983 Grammy Award winning No. 1 hit "Up Where We Belong" and his cover of "With a Little Help from My Friends" performed at Woodstock
  • Mac Cocker (d. 2016), English-born Australian radio announcer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Norman Cocker (1889-1953), English organist and composer for organ
  • Les Cocker (1924-1979), English professional football player and a coach
  • John Cocker (1815-1885), English-born, Australian cricketer, known for his appearance against England in 1842
  • Linzey Louise Cocker (b. 1987), English actress best known for her role as Jade Webb in the BBC Three comedy-drama series Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • Mark Cocker (b. 1959), English author and naturalist, known for his writings in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Independent
  • Jarvis Branson Cocker (b. 1963), English musician and frontman for the band Pulp
  • David J. Cocker (b. 1955), New Zealand fencer at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 1 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



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  11. ...

The Cocker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cocker 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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