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

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.


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.

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.


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.


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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


  • Alice Aycock (b. 1946), American sculptor
  • Charles Brantley Aycock (1859-1912), American politician, 50th Governor of North Carolina (1901 to 1905)
  • Dugan "Doog" Aycock (1908-2001), American professional PGA golfer and golf course designer
  • William Brantley Aycock (b. 1915), American educator, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1957 to 1964)


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The Aycock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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