MacCoo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the MacCoo surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name MacCoo began when someone in that family worked as a cook, a seller of cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating-house. The surname MacCoo is derived from the Old English word coc, which means cook.  
Early Origins of the MacCoo family
The surname MacCoo was first found in Essex where the first found record the name was Aelfsige Coc (c.950) who is recorded in an early reference of Anglo Saxon Wills,  more than one hundred years before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066.
Galter Coc was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 in Essex and almost two hundred years later, Walter le Kuc was listed in the Assize Rolls of Cheshire in 1260. Continuing the quest, we found Richard Cok in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire in 1269, Henry Coke in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1279, Ralph le Cook and Joan Cokes in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. Robert le Couk was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327 and Roger le Kokes in the Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire in 1332. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed John Cocus in Norfolk, Alexander Cocus in Yorkshire, Emma Coca in Cambridgeshire and Matthew Cocus in Oxfordshire. 
Ireby in Lancashire was home to another branch of the family. "This place is written 'Irebi' in the Domesday Survey, and then comprehended three carucates of land. In the reign of James I., lived Thomas Cooke de Irebye. The family of Cooke were the former possessors of the Hall, sometimes called Fothergill Hall, and sometimes Nether Hall." 
Early History of the MacCoo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCoo research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1660, 1583, 1663, 1616, 1672, 1660, 1672, 1598, 1643, 1640, 1641, 1643, 1683, 1659, 1642, 1700, 1637, 1715, 1683, 1648, 1701, 1721, 1715, 1721, 1717, 1561, 1616, 1797 and are included under the topic Early MacCoo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacCoo Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name MacCoo has appeared include Cooke, Cook, Cocus and others.
Early Notables of the MacCoo family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Cooke (or John Cook, John Coke, 1608-1660), the first Solicitor General of the English Commonwealth and led the prosecution of Charles I; Francis Cooke (1583-1663), one of the 102 passengers on the Mayflower; Captain Henry Cooke (c.1616-1672), an English composer, actor and singer, Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and joined the Royalist cause, Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal (1660-1672); Sir William Cooke of Highnam; his son, Sir Robert Cooke (c. 1598-1643), an English politician Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire (1640) and Tewkesbury (1641-1643); his son, Edward Cooke (died 1683)...
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Migration of the MacCoo family to Ireland
Some of the MacCoo family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacCoo family
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 MacCoo arrived in North America very early: Chas Cook who settled in Nova Scotia in 1749 with his wife, son and daughter; Christn Cook who settled in Nova Scotia with his wife, son, 2 daughters and servant in 1749.
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