Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a caulker, a person who waterproofed tubs, barrels, and ships. It is also possibly an occupational name for a person who made and sold a purple dye. However, that origin is in Ireland, and it is unlikely that it is connected to this Northern English name.
Early Origins of the Corkeray family
Lancashire, now part of the County of Cumbria where the family lived in Barrow-in-Furness, now a large industrial town and seaport community. While the name has traditionally been understood to be a trade name, there is also a Norman influence as seen by Arnulf de Corcres who was listed in Normandy in the Mang. Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae of 1180-1195. The same reference lists Geoffrey Chorger or Churger in England as listed in the Hundredorum Rolls (Rotuli Hundredorum) c. 1272. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early History of the Corkeray family
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Corkeray Spelling Variations
spelling variations under which the name Corkeray has appeared include Corker, Coroor, Corcher, Corkar and others.
Early Notables of the Corkeray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Corkeray family to Ireland
Some of the Corkeray family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Corkeray family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Corkeray arrived in North America very early: Elizabeth Corker who arrived in Virginia in 1635.
The Corkeray Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sacrificium Dei cor contritum
Motto Translation: The sacrifice of God is a contrite heart.
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