The illustrious surname Cok finds its origin in the rocky, seaswept coastal area of southwestern England
known as Cornwall
. Under the Feudal
System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Nickname
surnames were rare among the Cornish, they did occasionally adopt names that reflected the physical characteristics or other attributes of the original bearer of the name. The name Cok is a nickname
type of surname for a person with a rosy complexion or red hair.
Interestingly, the name Cok was originally from the Welsh
which means red.
Early Origins of the Cok family
The surname Cok was first found in Cornwall
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.
Early History of the Cok family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cok research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cok History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cok Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Cock, Cocke, Koke, Cocks and others.
Early Notables of the Cok family (pre 1700)
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cok Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cok family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Cok, or a variant listed above:
Cok Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jeane Cok, who landed in Virginia in 1713 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)