is the ancestral home of the Kochman family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames
in the 12th century. Kochman is an occupational
name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a cook in a castle or for a nobleman. The name Cogman was originally derived from the Old German word choc, which in turn was originally derived from the Latin word "coquus," meaning "cook." It was given to a person who prepared food or was a chef.
Early Origins of the Kochman family
The surname Kochman was first found in Spire (Speyer) where since medieval times the name Cogman was closely associated with the social and political advancements of the region's feudal
society. Cogman eventually emerged as a noble family with great influence and established several distinguished branches.
Early History of the Kochman family
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Kochman Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Kochman include Cogman, Coggman, Cogmann, Cogmen, Coggmen Coggmann, Kogman Koggman, Kogmen, Kogmann, Koggmann, Cochman, Cochmann, Kochman, Kochmann, Cockman, Kockman, Kockmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Kochman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kochman family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant
farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kochman or a variant listed above: William Cockman who settled in Virginia in 1653; Bern Heiner Kockmann settled in America in 1848; Joseph Kockman, age 22; arrived in New York City in 1873.