The ancestry of the name Cooaker dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Somerset
, where they lived in one of two parishes named Coker.
Early Origins of the Cooaker family
The surname Cooaker 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 Cooaker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cooaker 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 Cooaker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cooaker Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cooaker have been found, including Coker, Coaker, Cokers and others.
Early Notables of the Cooaker 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 Cooaker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cooaker family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Cooaker, or a variant listed above: 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..