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Where did the English Hitchcock family come from? When did the Hitchcock family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hitchcock family history?

The name Hitchcock is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Hitchcock was a Norman name used for a the personal name Richard. It is composed of the elements Hitch, which is a pet form of the name Richard, and the suffix cock, a medieval term of endearment. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, in the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. However, by the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Hitchcock are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hitchcock include Hitchcock, Hichcock, Hiscock, Hiscox, Hitchcocke, Hedgecock, Hitchcoke, Hitchcott and many more.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hitchcock research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hitchcock History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hitchcock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Hitchcock, or a variant listed above:

Hitchcock Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Matthew, Thomas, and William Hitchcock, who settled in New England in 1635
  • Luke Hitchcock, who arrived in New Haven, Conn in 1635
  • Mathew Hitchcock, aged 25, landed in America in 1635
  • Matthew Hitchcock, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Matthias Hitchcock, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635


Hitchcock Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Franklin Hitchcock, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822

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  • Henry-Russell Hitchcock (1903-1987), American architectural historian
  • Ethan Allen Hitchcock (1835-1909), American lawyer and administrator, U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1898-1907)
  • William Clyde "Billy" Hitchcock (1916-2006), American Major League Baseball player and scout
  • David Howard Hitchcock (1861-1943), American/Hawaiian artist
  • Edward Hitchcock (1793-1864), American geologist and the third President of Amherst College (1845–1854)
  • Major General Ethan A. Hitchcock (1798-1870), United States Army officer and author during the American Civil War
  • Frank Lauren Hitchcock (1875-1957), American mathematician and physicist
  • George Hitchcock (1850-1913), American artist, a chévalier of the French Legion of Honour and a member of the Vienna Academy of Arts
  • Sir Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), English director, one of the most influential film writers, and directors, nominated for best director for his films "Rear Window" and "Psycho" and others
  • Kevin Hitchcock (b. 1962), English former footballer


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  • Genealogy of John Drennen Hitchcock, His Brother and Sisters and Their Descendants, 1863-1983 by John H. Hitchcock.
  • Genealogy of Tidal Hitchcock and His Descendants by Francis E. Hitchcock.
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