The name Pocoke comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a proud or gaudy person. The surname Pocoke is derived from the various Old English words pecok, pacok, pocok, pehen,
which all mean peacock.
Early Origins of the Pocoke family
The surname Pocoke was first found in Durham
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Pocoke family
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Pocoke 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 Pocoke has undergone many spelling variations
, including Pocock, Pococke and others.
Early Notables of the Pocoke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pocoke 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 Pocoke were among those contributors: John Pocock, who arrived in New England
in 1661; Richard Pocock, who settled in Barbados in 1679; Christopher Pocock, who arrived in Barbados in 1679.
The Pocoke 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: Regi regnoque fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to king and kingdom.