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The name Bocock comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a proud or gaudy person. The surname Bocock is derived from the various Old English words pecok, pacok, pocok, pehen, and pohen, which all mean peacock.

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The surname Bocock was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bocock has undergone many spelling variations, including Pocock, Pococke and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bocock research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1604 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Bocock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bocock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bocock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Bocock, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • Betsy Ann Bocock, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
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  • Willis Henry Bocock (1865-1947), American administrator and professor of Classics at the University of Georgia
  • Brian William Bocock (b. 1985), American Major League Baseball shortstop
  • James Branch Bocock (1884-1946), American football, basketball, and baseball coach
  • Thomas Stanley Bocock (1815-1891), American politician, Speaker of the Confederate States House of Representatives (1862-1865)
  • José Simón Azcona Bocock (b. 1972), Honduran businessman and politician
  • Elizabeth "Lizi" Azcona Bocock (b. 1969), Honduran politician, Minister of Industry and Commerce
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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: Regi regnoque fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to king and kingdom.

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    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. 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. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Bocock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bocock 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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