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

The Pincock history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Pincock history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Pincock family originally lived in Cornwall, in the parish of St. Pinnock.

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Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Pinnock, Pincock, Pinnick, Pinock, Pinoke and others.

First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pincock research. Another 144 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pincock History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Pincock:

Pincock Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Pincock settled in Maryland in 1774

Pincock Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Pincock, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1897

Pincock Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Thomas Pincock, aged 35, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1919
  • Samuel Southall Pincock, aged 43, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1923

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