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

The name Hiscock was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Hiscock is based on 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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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings 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 Hiscock research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hiscock History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hiscock or a variant listed above: Lillibett and William Hitchcocke, who came to in Virginia in 1623; Matthew, Thomas, and William Hitchcock, who settled in New England in 1635; Richard Hitchcox, who settled in Virginia in 1636.

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  • Frank Hiscock (1834-1914), U.S. Representative and Senator from New York
  • Frank Harris Hiscock (1856-1946), American lawyer and politician
  • Eileen May Hiscock (1909-1958), English Olympic athlete
  • Thomas Hiscock (1812-1855), English blacksmith and prospector in Australia
  • Mr. S. Hiscock (d. 1912), aged 22, English Plate Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Lieutenant William Ewart Hiscock GC (1886-1941), posthumously awarded the George Cross for "great gallantry and undaunted devotion"
  • Norm Hiscock, Canadian Emmy Award winning screenwriter and producer
  • Simon Hiscock, British Olympic sailor
  • Neville Hiscock (1951-1983), New Zealand motorcycle racer
  • Peter Dixon Hiscock (b. 1957), prominent Australian archaeologist

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The Hiscock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hiscock 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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