Spelling variations of the COCKERLINE surname

In doing a little research, it would appear that the current spelling of our name is the direct result of standarization of the English language which began in 1476. This was the year that William CAXTON brought the printing press to England.

One of the other things which aided standardization of the English language was the strong and steady influence of the protestant religion. This began in 1558 when Elizabeth's reign began and steadily continued with James I. By 1606 the standardization was nearly completed as can be seen in The King James version of the Bible.

During this early modern English phase, it is interesting to note that during the Great Vowel Shift, words which now ended in "e" were silent when spoken. So if we were looking for the Cockerline spelling prior to this GVS then for sure there would be no "e" to be found at the end of our names. I suspect that others letters and vowels might also be quite different. Perhaps then this might in part explain some of the spelling variations noted in the early records.

Names seemed to be grouped into different originating categories. For example, names deriving from places or a persons occupation. But for the love of me, I cannot figure out which group ours might fit into.

Other things I found, but doesn't really help, is the German name Koch means cook. The ending "lein" can also be noted as being "line" as in the German name Klein vs Kline or Cline. It is also interesting to note that there is a German surname of Kochelein which is similar to the Jewish name Kochalain - meaning "a summer boarding house with cooking privileges". I also found another German surname of Kockerling.

Accordingly, the Merriam Dictionary lists the word Cocker as being derived from a middle english form of Cokeren which means to "indulge / pamper". Perhaps we indulge in good food? :-)



The reference to William Caxton, dropping the "e" sound etc. found at:

The reference to the Jewish insight found at: . www.ujafedny.org/site/News2?JServSessionIdr012=w88rynt7r2.app6a&page=NewsArticle&id=6542

Another Jewish definition was noted at:
www.pass.to/glossary/gloz2.htm for Kochalain.

The reference for Cline / Klein found at: