Cockram History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Scottish name Cockram was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Renfrewshire, where they took on the name of the lands of Cochrane in the parish of Paisley, near Glasgow. This place name is of uncertain derivation, perhaps stemming from the Welsh word "coch," meaning "red."

Early Origins of the Cockram family

The surname Cockram was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where the first record of the name was Waldeve de Coueran, who was witness to a charter issued by Dugal, son of Syfyn, to Walter Stewart, fifth Earl of Menteith, regarding several lands in Kintyre. William de Coughran of Lanark swore an oath of allegiance to King Edward I of England during his short conquest of Scotland in 1296. Walter Cochrane was the first record of the more popular spelling used today in 1262. His son William Cochrane, the second chief of the Clan, also rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296.

Early History of the Cockram family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockram research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1482, 1600, 1669, 1605, 1685, 1707, 1669, 1683, 1690, 1691, 1778, 1659, 1717, 1708 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Cockram History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cockram Spelling Variations

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Cockram has been spelled Cochrane, Cochran, Cocrane, Cocran, Cochren, Cockram, Cockran, Cockren and many more.

Early Notables of the Cockram family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was William Cochrane (1605-1685), 1st Earl of Dundonald. Of his children was Sir John Cochrane (d. 1707), who was a Member of Parliament for Ayrshire in 1669; he was suspected of complicity in the Rye House Plot, and fled to Holland in 1683, returned to Scotland...
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Ireland Migration of the Cockram family to Ireland

Some of the Cockram family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Cockram migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Cockram Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Cockram who settled in New England in 1637 with his wife Christen, their 2 children, and 2 servants
  • William Cockram, aged 28, who landed in New England in 1637 [1]
  • James Cockram, who landed in Barbados in 1685

Australia Cockram migration to Australia +

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

Cockram Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Cockram, (Cocklin) who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 4th August 1836, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. John Cockram, (b. 1821), aged 18, English labourer who was convicted in Somerset, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Canton" on 20th September 1839, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1897 [3]
  • Gabriel Cockram, aged 38, a pastoralist, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"

New Zealand Cockram 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:

Cockram Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Cockram, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Maria Cockram, aged 26, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841

Contemporary Notables of the name Cockram (post 1700) +

  • Phyllis E. Cockram, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1972 [4]
  • W.W. Cockram, Australian eponym of the W W Cockram Stakes, a Melbourne Racing Club Group 3 Australian Thoroughbred horse race
  • Allan Charles Cockram (b. 1963), retired English professional footballer from Kensington
  • Jeremi Cockram, Welsh television actor, best known for his role as Sion White in the Welsh soap Pobol y Cwm

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Albert Richard Cockram, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [5]

The Cockram 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: Virtute et labore
Motto Translation: By valour and exertion.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from
  5. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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