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Where did the English Hitchcock family come from? What is the English Hitchcock family crest and coat of arms? 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 Norman Conquest of England of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Hitchcock name is derived from 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 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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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 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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  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Hitchcock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hitchcock 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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