Cockerham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Cockerham family

The surname Cockerham was first found in Lancashire at Cockerham, a small village and civil parish within the City of Lancaster. It lies in the unions of Garstang and Lancaster, partly in the hundred of Amounderness, but chiefly in the hundred of Lonsdale south and dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Cocreham. The place name literally means "homestead or enclosure on the River Cocker" having derived from the Celtic river-name + ham. [1]

"The name is compounded of 'coker,' a 'quiver,' and 'ham,' a 'village.' Soon after the Conquest the place was in the possession of the Lancasters, barons of Kendal; the abbot of St. Mary de Pratis established a cell or priory here, which existed in the 20th of Edward I., but it merged in the superior house long before the Dissolution. " [2]

Early History of the Cockerham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockerham research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1080, 1163, 1455, 1487, 1650, 1623, 1626 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Cockerham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cockerham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cockerham, Cockeram, Cockram, Cokram, Cokeram, Cockrame, Cockerame, Cookram, Cookeram and many more.

Early Notables of the Cockerham family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Henry Cockeram ( fl. 1650), known only as the author of 'The English Dictionarie, or a new Interpreter of hard English Words,' which was the first dictionary of the English language ever published...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cockerham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cockerham migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cockerham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary and William Cockerham, whose names were mentioned in the Virginia land patent lists of 1666
  • John Cockerham, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [3]
  • Mary Cockerham, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [3]
  • William Cockerham, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [3]
Cockerham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth A. Cockerham, aged 34, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1910
  • Florence Cockerham, aged 2, who immigrated to America from Bradford, England, in 1912
  • John Cockerham, aged 34, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1912
  • Mary Ann Cockerham, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Bradford, England, in 1912
  • Mary Ellen Cockerham, aged 9, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1912

Contemporary Notables of the name Cockerham (post 1700) +

  • Columbus Clark Cockerham (1921-1996), American statistical geneticist known for his work in quantitative genetics from Mountain Park, North Carolina
  • Ben Cockerham (b. 1980), American co-founder of RightsFlow and Source3 and an accomplished composer, arranger and musician
  • Fred Cockerham (1905-1980), American fiddle and banjo player of American folk music
  • Ruth Cockerham, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1960 [4]
  • Edward H. Cockerham, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Maryland 5th District, 1968 [4]
  • Angela Cockerham, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 2008 [4]

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Frank Cockerham (d. 1945), British Marine aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [5]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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