The origins of the Cockesy name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Cooksey, a village in Worcestershire
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The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book
of 1086, where it is spelled Cochesei. It is probable that the place name meant "cock's island," or possibly "cock's stream."
Early Origins of the Cockesy family
The surname Cockesy was first found in Worcestershire
where one of the first records of name was Sir Walter Cokesey of Cokesey, Worcestershire
, who died 1295. He claimed descent from a family that held large estates in Kidderminster, Witley and other places. His son, Walter Cokesey held lands in Witley in 1328. A brass plate at Kidderminster Church notes the burial of Walter Cooksey in 1407.
Early History of the Cockesy family
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Cockesy Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cockesy were recorded, including Cookesey, Cooksy, Cooksey, Cookesy and others.
Early Notables of the Cockesy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cockesy family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cockesy family emigrate to North America: Will Cooksey and his wife Sarah and children settled in Virginia in 1623; John Cooksey settled in New England
in 1767; Daniel Cooksey settled in Virginia in 1670..
The Cockesy Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Prodesse quam conspici
Motto Translation: To do good rather than be conspicuous.