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Recorded in many forms including Coch, Coche, Cocher, Koch, Koche, Kochs and Kocher, with diminutives and patronymics Kochel, Kochl, and Kochlin, this is an early German surname. It is occupational for one in charge of a kitchen. Whilst the translation is literally 'cook', in the early days even before the medieval period, this was a position of status, and would have described one who was in charge of the cooking at a noble or royal house, or in many cases a large religious establishment such as a monastery.

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