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Cocker Family History

Cocker Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): nickname for a quarrelsome person from Middle English coker ‘fighter wrangler’. English: occupational name ‘one who puts up hay in cocks’ a seasonal occupation. Probably an Americanized form of German Kocher . English: variant of Coker .

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

Similar surnames: Crocker, Cocke, Locker, Comer, Rocker, Corker, Booker, Wicker, Cooper

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Where is the Cocker family from?

You can see how Cocker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cocker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cocker families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Cocker families living in New Jersey. This was about 25% of all the recorded Cocker's in USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Cocker families in 1840.
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What did your Cocker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cocker. 22% of Cocker men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Cocker women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cocker were Clerk and Servant. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Servant
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Census Records

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Cocker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cocker census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Cocker. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Cocker. For the veterans among your Cocker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cocker lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Cocker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Cocker in 1952 was 56, and 66 in 2004.

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