Cockerill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the Cockerill family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Gloucestershire. The family was originally from Cocquerel, near Evreux, Normandy, and it is from that location that their name derives.

Early Origins of the Cockerill family

The surname Cockerill was first found in Gloucestershire where Illyas de Kokerel held fiefs in 1165 from Bohun and Neumarché. [1] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: Geoffrey Cokerell in Norfolk; John Cokerel in Yorkshire; and Reginald Kokerel in Cambridgeshire. [2] "In 1324 Sir William Cockerell was returned from Essex to attend a great council at Westminster." [1] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list the following: Matilda Cokrell; Elias Cokrell and Alicia Cokerell. [2]

Important Dates for the Cockerill family

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Cockerill Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Cockerell, Cockerill, Cockrill, Cockrell and others.

Early Notables of the Cockerill family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cockerill family to Ireland

Some of the Cockerill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cockerill migration to the United States

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Cockerill name or one of its variants:

Cockerill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Cockerill, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635 [3]
Cockerill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Cockerill, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1845
Cockerill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Cockerill, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Walsalt, England, in 1909
  • Gladys Cockerill, aged 8, who settled in America from Stoneystratford, England, in 1910
  • Annie Cockerill, aged 36, who landed in America from Stoneystratford, England, in 1910
  • Albert E. Cockerill, aged 24, who settled in America from Birmingham, England, in 1913
  • John Cockerill, aged 40, who immigrated to America, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cockerill migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cockerill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Anne Cockerill, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851 [4]
  • James Cockerill, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851 [4]

Cockerill migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cockerill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. G. Cockerill, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Palmyra" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 19th February 1858 [5]
  • Mrs. Cockerill, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Palmyra" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 19th February 1858 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cockerill (post 1700)

  • Joseph Randolph Cockerill (1818-1875), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1857-1859)
  • Kay Cockerill (b. 1964), American LPGA golfer
  • Joseph Randolph Cockerill (1818-1875), American Democrat politician, Member of Ohio State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Ohio 6th District, 1857-59; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1860 [6]
  • Samuel Pepys Cockerill (1794-1869), English amateur cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1817 to 1819
  • Ron Cockerill (1935-2010), English football player
  • Richard Cockerill (b. 1970), English rugby player
  • Glenn Cockerill (b. 1959), English football player and manager
  • Michael Cockerill (1960-2017), investigative Australian football journalist, inducted into the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame in 2011
  • William Cockerill (1759-1832), British entrepreneur who created a textile machine manufacturing business in Verviers and Liège, Belgium, father of John Cockerill
  • George Cockerill (1871-1943), Australian journalist and writer, President of the Melbourne Press Club from 1909
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BLUNDELL 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Blundell.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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