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The Alcock name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Alcock is derived from the pet form of the name Allicock.


The surname Alcock was first found in Cheshire where they were a family of great antiquity but many of their early records have been lost. They later moved to the south east in Norfolk, Suffolk and the home counties.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Alcock were recorded, including Alcoc, Alecock, Alecocke, Allcock, Allcoke, Allcok, Allcoe and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alcock research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1449, 1399, 1486, 1430, 1500, 1461, 1472, 1473, 1500 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Alcock History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alcock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Alcock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Alcock family emigrate to North America:

Alcock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Alcock of the "Mayflower" landings in 1620
  • Agnes Alcock, who arrived in Boston in 1635
  • Franci Alcock, who arrived in South Carolina in 1638
  • John Alcock, who landed in Maine in 1639
  • Samil Alcock, who landed in Virginia in 1650

Alcock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Alcock, who arrived in Jamaica in 1743

Alcock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Alcock who settled in Maine in the same year
  • Robert Alcock, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1825
  • Georgia Alcock, who arrived in Maryland in 1838
  • Richd Alcock, who landed in Virginia in 1857
  • Thomas Alcock, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County,Pennsylvania in 1869

Alcock Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mansfield Alcock at Harbour Grace in 1801
  • Robert Alcock at Leading Tickles, Newfoundland in 1853

Alcock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Alcock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • Edward Alcock, aged 27, a brickmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Frederick Alcock, aged 44, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Charles Alcock, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Arthur Alcock, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"


  • William J. Alcock (b. 1861), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Huelva, 1901-11
  • Robert Alcock, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 8th District, 1804-08; Presidential Elector for New Hampshire, 1804
  • Charles Roger Alcock (b. 1951), American astrophysicist
  • Sir Walter Galpin Alcock (1861-1947), eminent English musician, played at the Coronations of King Edward VII, King George V and King George VI, organist to Salisbury Cathedral from 1916 to 1947
  • Sir John William Alcock KBE, DSC (1892-1919), English aviator who piloted the first non-stop transatlantic flight from St. John's, Newfoundland to Clifden, Connemara, Ireland
  • Nathan Alcock (1707-1779), British physician
  • Leslie Alcock (1925-2006), British archaeologist
  • George Eric Deacon Alcock MBE (1912-2000), British astronomer
  • Deborah Alcock (1825-1913), British author of fiction
  • Charles William Alcock (1842-1907), British sports administrator and creator of the FA Cup



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vigilate
Motto Translation: Watch


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The Alcock Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Alcock 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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