Cockokesy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Cockokesy is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Cooksey, a village in Worcestershire. [1] 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 Cockokesy family

The surname Cockokesy 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. [2]

Important Dates for the Cockokesy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockokesy research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1400 and 1481 are included under the topic Early Cockokesy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cockokesy Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cockokesy has been spelled many different ways, including Cookesey, Cooksy, Cooksey, Cookesy and others.

Early Notables of the Cockokesy family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Cockokesy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Cockokesy family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Cockokesys to arrive in 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..

Citations

  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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