Adcock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Adcock came from a baptismal name which means Adam. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Early Origins of the Adcock family

The surname Adcock was first found in the county of Yorkshire from very ancient times before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Adcock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adcock research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1226, 1246, 1311, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Adcock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Adcock Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Adcock has been recorded under many different variations, including Adcock, Adecok, Adcockson, Akokson, Hadecock, Hadicock, Adcok, Adecock, Atcock, Addicott and many more.

Early Notables of the Adcock family (pre 1700)

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United States Adcock migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Adcock or a variant listed above:

Adcock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Simon Adcock, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Thomas Adcock, who settled in Potomack, Maryland in 1729
  • John Adcock who settled in Charlestown in 1792
Adcock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Adcock, aged 37, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • William Adcock, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868
Adcock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Stanley Adcock, aged 18, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Cadillac" from London, England [2]
  • Stanley Adcock, aged 19, originally from Preston Lanes, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Cadillac" from London, England [3]
  • Charles Henry Adcock, aged 39, originally from Southampton, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Liverpool, England [4]

Canada Adcock migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Adcock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

Australia Adcock migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Adcock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Adcock, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" [6]
  • George Edward Adcock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851 [7]
  • Orlando Adcock, aged 26, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [8]

New Zealand Adcock migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Adcock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Adcock, aged 33, a butcher, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Mary Adcock, aged 33, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • John Adcock, aged 11, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • George Adcock, aged 9, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • William Adcock, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Adcock (post 1700) +

  • Clarence Lionel Adcock (1895-1967), American Army Officer, recipient of Distinguished Service Medals (3), Legion of Merit (2) Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire and Officer of the Legion of Honor [9]
  • Willis Adcock (1922-2003), American chemist and electrical engineer
  • Levy Adcock, American football player
  • Jamar Adcock (1917-1999), American politician and banker
  • Eddie Adcock (b. 1938), American bluegrass musician
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Sharp Adcock (b. 1938), American poet, 2002–2003 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Joe Adcock (1927-1999), Major League Baseball player
  • Jamar William Adcock (1917-1991), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1956 (alternate), 1960; Member of Louisiana State Senate, 1960-72 [10]
  • Frank B. Adcock, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1920; Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 60th District, 1930-33 [10]
  • Flynn Adcock, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 31st District, 2002 [10]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Adcock +

  • 2586 "Adcock Family and Allied Families" by Mrs. Jimmie Adcock "Adcock Kinfolks" by Robert McClane Adcock.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QD-TTG : 6 December 2014), Stanley Adcock, 30 Jan 1919; citing departure port London, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Cadillac, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QD-B3Y : 6 December 2014), Stanley Adcock, 30 Jan 1919; citing departure port London, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Cadillac, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q2-7PB : 6 December 2014), Charles Henry Adcock, 24 Feb 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque FATIMA 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Fatima.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BLUNDELL 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Blundell.htm
  8. ^ South Australian Register Friday 29 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marshall Bennett 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1853.shtml.
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, May 7) Clarence Adcock. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Adcock/Clarence_Lionel/USA.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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