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The Anglo-Saxon name Coker comes from the family having resided in Somerset, where they lived in one of two parishes named Coker.
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."  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.
Coker has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Coker, Coaker, Cokers and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coker research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1523, 1607, 1563, 1617, 1698, 1656, 1660, 1683, 1734, 1722, 1727, 1617, 1697, 1656, 1646 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Coker History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 111 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 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
- Jo Coker, aged 21, arrived in Virginia in 1635
- John Coker, who landed in Virginia in 1636
Coker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Petter Coker, aged 38, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
- John Coker 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 landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
- Samuel Coker, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- Harriet Coker, aged 37, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- William Coker, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- Harriet Coker, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- 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
- 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
- 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
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- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
The Coker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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