The Cookman name was originally an Anglo-Saxon
name that was given to a servant to a cook. The surname Cookman is derived from the Old English word cokman,
which is comprised of the components coc,
which means cook,
which means servant.
Early Origins of the Cookman family
The surname Cookman was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Cookman family
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Cookman Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Cookman has undergone many spelling variations
, including Cookman, Cockman, Cokeman and others.
Early Notables of the Cookman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cookman family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cookman were among those contributors:
Cookman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- R. Cookman, who sailed to Virginia in 1662
- Rice Cookman, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Cookman (post 1700)
- Joseph "Joe" Cookman (1899-1944), American journalist, writer, critic and a founder of The Newspaper Guild
- John Cookman (1909-1982), American silver medalist ice hockey player at the 1932 Winter Olympics
- George Grimston Cookman (1801-1841), English Methodist clergyman who served as Chaplain of the Senate
- Brian Cookman (1946-2005), English musician and composer