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Where did the English Wilcox family come from? What is the English Wilcox family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wilcox family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wilcox family history?The earliest origins of the name Wilcox date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from William or Wilhelm. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Wilcox was originally derived from the Germanic elements will, meaning resolve, helm, meaning protection, and cock or cox, an affectionate or diminutive suffix commonly used in ancient times. With the additional suffix, cox, the name was taken to mean the son of little William.
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Wilcox include Wilcox, Wilcocks, Willock, Wallock and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilcox research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1600 is included under the topic Early Wilcox History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Wilcox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Wilcox family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 126 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wilcox or a variant listed above:
Wilcox Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Wilcox Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Wilcox Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Wilcox Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilcox 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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