Cockrum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Cockrum family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in Carcroft, a hamlet in the parish of Owston in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Cockrum family

The surname Cockrum was first found in South Yorkshire, at Carcroft, a rural village part of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster. The earliest record of the village was in the 12th century when it was listed as Kercroft and literally meant "enclosure near the marsh" having derived from the Old Scandinavian word "kjarr" + and the Old English word "croft." [1]

Early History of the Cockrum family

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Cockrum Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cockrum include Cockcroft, Cocckecroft, Carrecroft, Calcraft, Chalcraft, Choldcorft, Cracroft, Chalcroft and many more.

Early Notables of the Cockrum family (pre 1700)

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Cockrum Ranking

In the United States, the name Cockrum is the 14,372nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Cockrum migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cockrum or a variant listed above:

Cockrum Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Cockrum, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [3]
Cockrum Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Rosa Cockrum, aged 30, who settled in Hull, Texas, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Cockrum (post 1700) +

  • Roy Cockrum (b. 1956), American actor who won the single winner of the National Powerball lottery drawing of June 11, 2014 with a cash value of 259.8 million dollars
  • Dennis Cockrum, American actor, known for Gangster Squad (2013), Hail, Caesar! (2016) and Shameless (2011-)
  • Chris Cockrum (b. 1986), American professional stock car racing driver
  • David Emmett Cockrum (1943-2006), American comic book artist for Marvel, known for his work on X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019), The New Mutants (2019) and Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (2011)
  • John B. Cockrum, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1888, 1904 [4]
  • Henry C. Cockrum, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904 [4]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Kenneth Earl Cockrum, American Machinist's Mate First Class from Indiana, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [5]

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from
  5. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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