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Where did the English Adcock family come from? What is the English Adcock family crest and coat of arms? When did the Adcock family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Adcock family history?

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Adcock came from a baptismal name which means Adam. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Adcock has been recorded under many different variations, including Adcock, Adecok, Adcockson, Akokson, Hadecock, Hadicock, Adcok, Adecock, Atcock, Addicott and many more.

First found in the county of Yorkshire from very ancient times before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adcock research. Another 280 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1226, 1246, 1311, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Adcock History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Adcock or a variant listed above:

Adcock Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Simon Adcock, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Thomas Adcock settled in Potomack, Maryland in 1729
  • John Adcock who settled in Charlestown in 1792

Adcock Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Adcock, aged 37, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Adcock settled in Philadelphia in 1868


  • Joe Adcock (1927-1999), Major League Baseball player
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Sharp Adcock (b. 1938), American poet, 20022003 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Clarence Lionel Adcock (1895-1967), American Army Officer, recipient of Distinguished Service Medals (3), Legion of Merit (2) Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire and Officer of the Legion of Honor
  • Eddie Adcock (b. 1938), American bluegrass musician
  • Jamar Adcock (1917-1999), American politician and banker
  • Levy Adcock, American football player
  • Willis Adcock (1922-2003), American chemist and electrical engineer
  • Sir Frank Adcock (1886-1968), English classical historian
  • Robert Alfred Adcock (1916-2005), English cricketer
  • Arthur St. John Adcock (1864-1930), English novelist, journalist and poet



  • Adcock Family and Allied Families by Mrs. Jimmie Adcoc.
  • Adcock Kinfolks by Robert McClane Adcock.

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  11. ...

The Adcock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Adcock Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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