Early Origins of the Woockay family
The surname Woockay was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. Following the pattern of many Saxon families the family moved north to Scotland
about the year 1200, to escape the oppression of the Norman overlords.
Early History of the Woockay family
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Woockay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Woockay are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Woockay include: Vocat, Voket, Vokey, Woket, Wokey, Wokete and others.
Early Notables of the Woockay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woockay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Woockay or a variant listed above: William Vokey from Jersey settled in Spaniards Bay, Newfoundland, in 1775.