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The name Aycock is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the county of Berkshire in an area that was referred to as the Heycock. This surname was originally derived from the Old English word Hay-cock which denoted someone who lived at the sign of the hedgecock.


The surname Aycock was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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 Aycock were recorded, including Heycock, Haycock, Heycocke, Haycocke and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aycock research. Another 234 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aycock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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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 Aycock family emigrate to North America:

Aycock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Connor Aycock, aged 27, who settled in Raleigh, N. c., in 1920
  • E L Aycock, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Victor Aycock, aged 27, who emigrated to America, in 1920
  • V. Aycock, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Edna King Aycock, aged 4, who settled in Kemptown Maryland, in 1924
  • ...

  • Joyce Aycock, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988
  • Jimmie Don Aycock, American Republican politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 54th District
  • Elmo M. Aycock, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 34th District, 2012
  • Charles Brantley Aycock (1859-1912), American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for North Carolina, 1888, 1892; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 1893-98; Governor of North Carolina, 1901-05
  • C. C. Aycock, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1960
  • A. Y. Aycock, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1928
  • William Brantley Aycock (1915-2015), American educator, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1957 until 1964
  • Dugan "Doog" Aycock (1908-2001), American professional PGA golfer and golf course designer
  • Charles Brantley Aycock (1859-1912), American politician, 50th Governor of North Carolina (1901 to 1905)
  • Alice Aycock (b. 1946), American sculptor

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    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The Aycock Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Aycock 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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