The name Cockokghan is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a servant to a cook. The surname Cockokghan is derived from the Old English word cokman,
which is comprised of the components coc,
which means cook,
which means servant.
Early Origins of the Cockokghan family
The surname Cockokghan was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Cockokghan family
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Cockokghan Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Cockokghan are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cockokghan include: Cookman, Cockman, Cokeman and others.
Early Notables of the Cockokghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cockokghan family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cockokghan or a variant listed above: Richard Cockman who sailed to Barbados in 1635; and R. Cookman sailed to Virginia in 1662.