Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a servant to a cook. The surname Cokehan is derived from the Old English word cokman, which is comprised of the components coc, which means cook, and man, which means servant.
Early Origins of the Cokehan family
Somerset, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Cokehan family
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Cokehan Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Cokehan include Cookman, Cockman, Cokeman and others.
Early Notables of the Cokehan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cokehan family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Cokehan were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Richard Cockman who sailed to Barbados in 1635; and R. Cookman sailed to Virginia in 1662.
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