Coke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Coke was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Coke is a name for a purveyor of cooked meats. The derives from the word cok, which means to cook, and was brought to England shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066. [1]

Early Origins of the Coke family

The surname Coke was first found in Derbyshire at Barrow, a parish, in the union of Shardlow, partly in the hundred of Appletree. "An estate here, which had been parcel of the manor of Melbourne, was annexed to the see of Carlisle before 1273, and was held on lease, under the bishops, by the family of Coke. This estate was enfranchised by act of parliament in 1704." [2]

Another ancient branch of the family was found at Billingford in Norfolk. "At Beck Hall, in the parish, the birthplace of Chancellor Bacon, and the ancient seat of the Coke family, an hospital, with a chapel dedicated to St. Thomas a Becket, was founded in the beginning of the reign of Henry III." [2]

Further to the south in Cornwall, another branch of the family was found. "In the reign of Charles I. the college estate [in the parish of Probus] belonged to the Cokes of Trerice; after which it became successively the property of Lewis, Goldingham, and Luttrell; and it is now in the possession of Mr. Johns." [3]

Important Dates for the Coke family

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Coke Spelling Variations

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 Coke, Cokes, Coik, Coike, Coak, Coake, Coeke and others.

Early Notables of the Coke family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634), Solicitor General of England, considered to be the greatest jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. He was "commonly called Lord Coke (or Cooke as the name was pronounced and frequently written in his own day), ' the name of pre-eminence which he hath obtained in Westminster Hall ' " [4] Sir John Coke (1563-1644), was Secretary of State and the second son of Richard Coke of Trusley, near Derby. "Being one of a family of eleven children, and his father dying in 1582, John Coke began life with nothing...
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Coke migration to the United States

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 Coke or a variant listed above:

Coke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Coke, aged 38, who landed in Barbados or St Christopher in 1634 [5]
  • Robert Coke, aged 25, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [5]
  • Tho Coke, aged 30, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [5]
  • Thomas Coke, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [5]
  • Jo Coke, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Coke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Coke, who landed in Virginia in 1767 [5]
Coke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Coke, who landed in Maryland in 1802 [5]
  • Henry Coke, aged 21, who arrived in Missouri in 1841 [5]

Coke migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coke Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Philip Coke, aged 20 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Zealous" departing from the port of London, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Coke (post 1700)

  • Richard Coke Jr. (1790-1851), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1829-1833)
  • Richard Coke (1829-1897), American lawyer, farmer, and statesman, United States Senator from Texas (1877-1895), 15th Governor of Texas (1874-1876)
  • Phillip Douglas "Phil" Coke (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher for the Chicago Cubs
  • Richard Townshend "Toby" Coke (b. 1954), English politician, UKIP leader in Norfolk County Council
  • Giles Christopher Coke (b. 1986), English footballer who plays for Bolton Wanderers
  • Edward Douglas Coke CBE, DL (1936-2015), 7th Earl of Leicester, an English nobleman
  • Thomas William Coke (1754-1842), 1st Earl of Leicester, British politician and agricultural reformer, eldest son of Robert Wenman (who on succeeding to the estate of his maternal uncle, Thomas Coke, earl of Leicester, assumed the surname and arms of Coke)
  • Thomas Coke (1747-1814), Welsh cleric, the first Methodist Bishop
  • Major General John Talbot Coke (1841-1912), British Army officer who wrote a family history book called "Coke of Trusley, in the County of Derby, and Branches Therefrom; a Family History" in 1880
  • Edward Keppel Wentworth Coke (1824-1889), British soldier and Whig politician
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 19)
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