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Where did the English Cockrell family come from? What is the English Cockrell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cockrell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cockrell family history?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.
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.
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. 
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
Cockrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Cockrell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Cockrell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cockrell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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