The surname ‘Coker’ is of English origin. It is derived from the habitation name from a group of villages in the county of Somerset, England, so called from a Briton river named ‘Coker’, meaning ‘crooked’. The name is thought to have been brought to england during the Conquest. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Coker’ and or it’s variant’s, date as far back as the reign of King Edward III, were a ‘John de Coker’, from the county of Somerset, England, is recorded in Kirby’s Quest. Historical archive’s have been unable to definitely determine the exact period of settlement in North America but It is believed that the forefather’s of this surname were part of the exodus of migrants that followed the Treaty of Peace signed in Paris in 1763, when great Britain obtained ownership of the whole of North America east of the Missisipi River excepting New Orleans. The chief reasons causing working class people to emigrate were, poor crop yields, high unemployment, and the misconception that America was a land of golden opportunity. It is has been estimated that after 1769… Coat of arms: Argent four bars sable, …
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