Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a servant to a cook. The surname Cokement 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 Cokement family
Somerset, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Cokement family
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Cokement Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Cokement have been found, including Cookman, Cockman, Cokeman and others.
Early Notables of the Cokement family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cokement family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cokements to arrive on North American shores: Richard Cockman who sailed to Barbados in 1635; and R. Cookman sailed to Virginia in 1662.
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