The ancestors of the Cokyn surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in Somerset
, where they lived in one of two parishes named Coker.
Early Origins of the Cokyn family
The surname Cokyn 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." 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 Cokyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cokyn 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 Cokyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cokyn Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cokyn include Coker, Coaker, Cokers and others.
Early Notables of the Cokyn 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... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cokyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cokyn family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Robert Coker who sailed on the " Mary and John" and settled in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1632; John Coker settled in Virginia in 1623; another John arrived in New England
in 1775. The scion of the distinguished family of the U.S.A. was James Lide Coker of Darlington, South Carolina..