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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.
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.
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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
Hitchcock Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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