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Re: What nationality is the name Coker?
Posted by: Jimmy R. Coker Date: December 21, 1999 at 11:32:48
In Reply to: What nationality is the name Coker? by Angela Coker of 3443

Most Cokers are descended from the English. There are two communities in England named East Coker and West Coker. Those names are thought to have evolved from a Norman in the 11th or 12th century (can't remember which) who was the original owner of the land grant from the King. His name was Geoffrey de Mandeville de Cocre. Over the next 2 or 3 centuries the name evolved to the English spelling. As a note, the grandmother of the original Jane Seymour (wife of Henry VIII and mother of his heir as King) was named Elizabeth Coker. These were not my people, but they may have owned my people. Additionally this particular line of Cokers died out in England in the 1950's (or so I was told).....
Some Cokers are of German descent and their names were originally spelled with a K. Others (such as Glen Coker's family) came from Canada are may be French???

One of the original Cokers to come to the new world was named Robert Coker and he made passage in March of 1632 aboard the "John and Mary of London" arriving in Massachusetts. He died in Newbury, Mass. in 1680....He may have been the first ancestor in America for a lot of us.


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