The English surname Coke, also found in Scotland, is an occupational name for a cook, a seller of cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating house, from the Old English term coc. The name is first recorded in the year 950 when Aelfsige thene Coc, is registered in the "Anglo-Saxon Wills Records." The surname is also widespread in early Scottish records. Richard Cocus held lands in Berwick after 1147, and Raginaldus the Cook witnessed the gift of the church of Cragyn in Kyle to the Abbey of Paisley, circa 1177. One Henry Coke, and a Ralph le Cook were recorded in Somerset and Sussex in 1279 and 1296 respectively. The name is first recorded in the US in the 17th Century and today there are approximately 2,500 bearers of the name Coke in the US.
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