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Where did the English Hancock family come from? What is the English Hancock family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hancock family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hancock family history?The name Hancock originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from from the baptismal name for the son of John, which was originally derived from the diminutive form Hann, a popular English name derived from the Flemish Hann, when translated means John. The suffix cock was added to the surname to indicate familiarity.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hancock has appeared include Hancock, Hancox, Hancocks, Hancocke, Handcock and others.
First found in Yorkshire where one of the first records of the name was Hanecock Birunc who was listed in the Hundred Rolls of 1273. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Warynus Hancok, Robert Hancok, Willelmus Hancok and Agnes Hankok as all living in Yorkshire at that time. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hancock research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1737, 1793, 1631, 1707, 1692, 1699, 1703, 1707, 1654, 1701, 1692, 1693, 1654, 1726, 1692, 1699, 1676, 1723, 1703, 1714, 1721 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Hancock History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hancock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hancock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hancock arrived in North America very early:
Hancock Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Hancock Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Hancock Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Hancock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hancock 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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