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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adcock research. Another 280 words (20 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.

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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
  • Thomas Adcock 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, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Adcock settled in Philadelphia in 1868

Adcock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century



Adcock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Adcock, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima"
  • George Edward Adcock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851
  • Orlando Adcock, aged 26, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett"

Adcock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Adcock, aged 33, a butcher, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Mary Adcock, aged 33, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • John Adcock, aged 11, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • George Adcock, aged 9, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • William Adcock, aged 4, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843


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  • 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
  • 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
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Sharp Adcock (b. 1938), American poet, 20022003 Guggenheim Fellow
  • 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
  • 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
  • Flynn Adcock, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 31st District, 2002
  • Eddie E. Adcock, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1950

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  • Adcock Family and Allied Families by Mrs. Jimmie Adcoc.
  • Adcock Kinfolks by Robert McClane Adcock.
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  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Adcock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Adcock 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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