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Coker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Anglo-Saxon name Coker comes from the family having resided in Somerset, where they lived in one of two parishes named Coker.

Early Origins of the Coker family


The surname Coker was first found in Somerset where there is an East, and West Coker. North Coker no longer exists. The place name dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Cocre, part of the Houdsborough hundred and was originally the name of a stream there, a Celtic river-name meaning "crooked, winding." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
East Coker was the second poem of T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets and was directly connected to Eliot's ancestry and East Coker's church was later to house Eliot's ashes.

Early History of the Coker family


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Coker Spelling Variations


Coker has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few 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. Spelling variants included: Coker, Coaker, Cokers and others.

Early Notables of the Coker family (pre 1700)


Notables of the family at this time include John Coker (c. 1523-1607), of Mappowder, Dorset, Member of Parliament for Bletchingley in 1563; Robert Coker (c.1617-1698), of Mappowder, Dorset, Member of Parliament for...
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Migration of the Coker 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 Cokers to arrive on North American shores:

Coker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Coker, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Robert Coker who sailed on the "Mary and John" and settled in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Robert Coker, who arrived in America in 1633 [2]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)
  • Jo Coker, aged 21, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]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)
  • John Coker, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [2]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)

Coker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Petter Coker, aged 38, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]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)
  • John Coker, who arrived in New England in 1775

Coker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Lide Coker of Darlington, South Carolina

Coker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Coker, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Samuel Coker, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Harriet Coker, aged 37, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • William Coker, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Harriet Coker, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Coker (post 1700)


  • Daniel Coker (1780-1846), born Isaac Wright, an African American Methodist missionary to the British colony of Sierra Leone
  • Jimmie Goodwin Coker (1936-1991), American Major League Baseball catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Paul Coker (b. 1929), American illustrator
  • George Thomas Coker (b. 1943), retired US Navy commander, recipient of the Navy Cross held prisoner of war in the "Hanoi Hilton" and a Distinguished Eagle Scout noted for his devotion to Scouting
  • Henry Coker (1919-1979), American jazz trombonist
  • Peter Coker, American artist
  • Larry Coker (b. 1948), former head football coach of the University of Miami
  • William Chambers Coker (1872-1953), American botanist
  • Major James Lide Coker (1837-1913), American founder Sonoco Products Company
  • Ben Coker (b. 1989), English professional football defender
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Coker family



Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Eric Michael Coker (1968-1988), American Student from Mendham, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  • Michael Coker (1968-1988), American Student from Mendham, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html

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Citations


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html

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