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The name Cocks comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who bore a fancied resemblance to a rooster. It was applied both to early risers and those who strutted proudly.

Cocks Early Origins



The surname Cocks was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Cocks Spelling Variations


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Cocks Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Cocks has undergone many spelling variations, including Cox, Coxe and others.

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Cocks Early History


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Cocks Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cocks research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1581, 1547, 1552, 1646, 1727, 1655, 1655, 1734, 1650, 1733, 1703 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Cocks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cocks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cocks Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Richard Cox ( c. 1500-1581), English clergyman, Dean of Westminster and Bishop of Ely, Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1547-1552); Charles Cocks (1646-1727), British Member of Parliament for Droitwich and Worcester; Robert Cox...

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cocks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cocks In Ireland


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Cocks In Ireland



Some of the Cocks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cocks were among those contributors:

Cocks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Cocks, aged 20, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • Win Cocks, aged 20, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • Edward Cocks, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • George Cocks, who landed in Maryland in 1662
  • John Cocks, who arrived in Maryland in 1662
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cocks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hen Cocks, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Philip Cocks, who landed in New England in 1722
  • James Cocks, who landed in America in 1772

Cocks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Japhia Cocks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  • Japhia Cocks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • Ann Cocks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • William Cocks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WATERLOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Waterloo.htm
  • Henry Cocks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WATERLOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Waterloo.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cocks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Cocks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Louisa Cocks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cocks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cocks (post 1700)



  • John C. "Jay" Cocks (b. 1944), American is a film critic and motion picture screenwriter
  • William Willets Cocks (1861-1932), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 2nd District, 1901-02; Member of New York State Assembly from Queens County 3rd District, 1904
  • T. R. Cocks, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1956
  • John S. Cocks, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 16th District, 1855
  • Cora Cocks, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1968
  • William Alfred Cocks (1892-1971), English master clock maker
  • Michael Francis Lovell Cocks (b. 1929), English Labour politician
  • Charles Cocks (1725-1806), 1st Baron Somers, British politician
  • Frederick Seymour Cocks (1882-1953), British Labour Party Member of Parliament, Member of Parliament for Broxtowe (1929 1953)
  • Micaela Cocks (b. 1986), New Zealand silver medalist basketball player at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WATERLOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Waterloo.htm

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Cocks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cocks 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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