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

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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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.

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.


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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.

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Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bocock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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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  • Thomas Stanley Bocock (1815-1891), American politician, Speaker of the Confederate States House of Representatives (1862-1865)
  • James Branch Bocock (1884-1946), American football, basketball, and baseball coach
  • Brian William Bocock (b. 1985), American Major League Baseball shortstop
  • Willis Henry Bocock (1865-1947), American administrator and professor of Classics at the University of Georgia
  • Elizabeth "Lizi" Azcona Bocock (b. 1969), Honduran politician, Minister of Industry and Commerce
  • José Simón Azcona Bocock (b. 1972), Honduran businessman and politician


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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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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.

This page was last modified on 15 December 2014 at 06:58.

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