Cockun is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Cockun family lived in Kent
, where they held lands and a family seat
at Fairbourne (later Fairlawn).
Early Origins of the Cockun family
The surname Cockun was first found in Kent
, where the Cockun family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor of Fairbourne (later Fairlawn). At the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, a survey initiated by Duke William after his conquest of England
at Hastings in 1066, this estate was held by Hugh le Vendee, nephew of Herbert and Ralph de Courbepine from the tenant
in chief, the Bishop of Bayeux, and it is from Hugh which the family is conjecturally descended.
Early History of the Cockun family
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Cockun Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Chowne, Chown, Chiowne, Chioune, Choon, Chiown, Cone, Chone, Cowne, Cown, Coun, Coune, Chune, Choone and many more.
Early Notables of the Cockun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cockun family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Cockun or a variant listed above were: George Chown who settled in New York State in 1812; Elizabeth Chune settled in Barbados in 1670; Barney Chune settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1822.