Josiah Cocke

after 1737–before 22 May 1818 (Age 81)

The Life Summary of Josiah

Josiah Cocke was born after 1737. He died before 22 May 1818, at the age of 80.

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Name Meaning

English:1. 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. 2. 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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Alcock
Hancock
Cockey
Cocking
Cocklin
Cockrell
Cook
Cox
Coxon
Coxson
Lecocq
Wilcock

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