This surname of COCKSHOOT was of the locational group of surnames 'of Cockshott' a chapelry in the parish of Ellesmere, County Salop. There is also strong evidence of the existance of another place of the same name in County Lancashire or the West Riding of Yorkshire. The name was originally derived from the Old English word of COCCSCYUTE and the literal meaning of the name was the place where nets were stretched to catch woodcock. The names of habitation, which are the largest group, usually denoted where the original bearer of the name held and perhaps owned his land. These local surnames derive (with a few occasional exceptions) from English, Scottish or French places, and were originally preceded by a preposition such as 'atte' or 'bye'. The earliest local surnames of French origin are chiefly from Normandy, particularly from the departments of Calvados, Eure, Seine-Inferieure and La Manche, although some Frenchmen, arriving in England early acquired surnames from English places. Local names may derive from the manor held, the place of residence, and occasionally from a sign like an Inn or Tavern, or a particularly unusual shape of rock, hill, tree, stream or river. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Symon de Cokshute, who was documented in 1296 in County Surrey, and John Cokschote appears in 1312 in County Lancashire. Alice atte Cocshete was recorded in Surrey in the year 1377.
Later instances of the name mention Edmund Cockshott, who was listed in the Preston Guild Rolls in 1662, and Alice Cocksgutt of Padiham (widow) was mentioned in the Wills at Chester in 1621. Thomas Cockshott and Elizabeth Mason were married at St. George's. Hanover Square, London in the year 1794.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at County Hertford.
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