Cockrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Cockrell family
The surname Cockrell was first found in Gloucestershire where Illyas de Kokerel held fiefs in 1165 from Bohun and Neumarché.  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: Geoffrey Cokerell in Norfolk; John Cokerel in Yorkshire; and Reginald Kokerel in Cambridgeshire.  "In 1324 Sir William Cockerell was returned from Essex to attend a great council at Westminster."  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list the following: Matilda Cokrell; Elias Cokrell and Alicia Cokerell. 
Early History of the Cockrell family
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Cockrell Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Cockrell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cockrell family to Ireland
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Cockrell migration to the United States +
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 immigrated 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 immigrated 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
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cockrell (post 1700) +
- 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
- Kellie Cockrell, American actress, best known for her roles in Minutemen (2008) and Return to Halloweentown (2006)
- Katie Cockrell (b. 1988), American actress, best known for her role in High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
- Alan Cockrell (b. 1962), American retired Major League Baseball player
- Alvin C. Cockrell (1918-1937), American serviceman in World War II, recipient of the Navy Cross, eponym of the USS Alvin C. Cockrell (DE-366)
- Kenneth Dale Cockrell (b. 1950), American NASA space shuttle astronaut
- Francis Marion Cockrell (1834-1915), American Confederate army general and U.S. senator
- ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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Suggested Readings for the name Cockrell +
- 3215 "The Early Cockrells in Missouri" by Monroe F. Cockrell.
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ 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)