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Cockrell is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Cockrell family lived in Gloucestershire. The family was originally from Cocquerel, near Evreux, Normandy, and it is from that location that their name derives.


The surname Cockrell 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]

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Cockerell, Cockerill, Cockrill, Cockrell and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockrell research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1305 and 1861 are included under the topic Early Cockrell History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Cockrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Cockrell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cockrell or a variant listed above:

Cockrell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Cockrell, who landed in Virginia in 1695

Cockrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Miss M. Cockrell, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Mrs. Mary Cockrell, aged 40, who settled in America from Londonderry, in 1893
  • Mrs. A. W. Cockrell, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Cockrell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eliza Cockrell, aged 42, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • Amelia Ann Cockrell, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States from Milton Regis, England, in 1908
  • Florida Walker Cockrell, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Josephine Cockrell, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Mary Cockrell, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1912


  • Phillip Cockrell (1895-1951), born Phillip Williams, African American baseball player in the Negro Leagues
  • Nathan Elams Cockrell (1833-1859), American founder of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity
  • Kenneth Dale "Taco" Cockrell (b. 1950), American astronaut, veteran of five space shuttle missions
  • Byron Lavoy Cockrell (1935-2007), American rocket scientist and engineer
  • E. R. Cockrell, American politician, Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, 1921-24
  • Elisha Logan Cockrell (1823-1876), American politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1847-48; County Judge in Kentucky
  • Francis Marion Cockrell (1834-1915), American Democrat politician, U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1875-1905; Candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1904
  • Jeremiah Vardaman Cockrell (1832-1915), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Texas 13th District, 1893-97
  • Lila Cockrell (b. 1922), American politician, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, 1975-81, 1989-91
  • Moses Cockrell (b. 1767), American politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1799-1800



  • The Early Cockrells in Missouri by Monroe F. Cockrell.

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  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)

Other References

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  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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