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Cocke Name Meaning

nickname from Middle English cok ‘cock’, ‘male bird or fowl’ (Old English cocc), given for a variety of possible reasons. Applied to a young lad who strutted proudly like a cock, it soon became a generic term for a youth and was attached with hypocoristic force to the short forms of many medieval personal names (e.g. Alcock, Hancock, Hiscock, Mycock). The nickname may also have referred to a natural leader, or an early riser, or a lusty or aggressive individual. The surname may also occasionally derive from a picture of a rooster used as a house sign. from the Old English personal name Cocca, derived from the word given in 1 above or from the homonymous cocc ‘hillock’, ‘clump’, ‘lump’, and so perhaps denoting a fat and awkward man. This name is not independently attested, but appears to lie behind a number of place names and (probably) the medieval personal name Cock, which was still in use in the late 13th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Cocker, Rock, Gockel, Nock, Hock, Acock, Bock, Coe, Poche, Focke

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Cocke Family Origin

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Cocke Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Farming and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cocke. A less common occupation for the Cocke family was Laborer. The most common Cocke occupation in the USA was Farmer. 52% of Cocke's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer


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Passenger List

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Cocke Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Cocke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1956. The average life expectancy for Cocke in 1940 was 100, and 84 in 2004.

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