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

Willock is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from William or Wilhelm. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Willock 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.

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Willock has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Wilcox, Wilcocks, Willock, Wallock and others.

First found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Knassington from very ancient times some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willock research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1600 is included under the topic Early Willock History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Willock 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.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Willocks to arrive on North American shores:

Willock Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexander Willock, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799
  • James Willock, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799
  • Noble Willock, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

Willock Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Willock, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808

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  • Dave Willock (1909-1990), American character actor
  • Calum Daniel Willock (b. 1981), English -born Saint Kittitian and Nevisian international footballer
  • Andy Willock (b. 1964), former English football midfielder
  • John Willock (1515-1585), (or Willocks), Scottish reformer
  • Timothy Willock, British doctor and novelist
  • Brad Scott Willock (b. 1962), former Olympic and CIAU All-Canadian volleyball player
  • Colin Willock (1919-2000), British magazine editor and a nature documentary writer and producer
  • Air Vice-Marshal Robert Peel Willock (1893-1973), senior Royal Air Force officer who commanded British Air Forces in Iraq during World War II


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  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Willock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willock 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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