Bocock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Bocock family
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.
Early History of the Bocock family
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Bocock Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Bocock family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir George Pocock; and Edward Pococke (1604-1691), an English Orientalist and biblical scholar. Born in Oxford, in a house near the Angel Inn...
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Bocock migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Bocock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Bocock, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
- Betsy Ann Bocock, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
- Mr. William Bocock, (b. 1853), aged 21, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Halcione" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in September 1875 
- Mrs. Betsy Ann Bocock, (b. 1854), aged 20, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Halcione" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in September 1875 
Contemporary Notables of the name Bocock (post 1700) +
- 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 Bocock Motto +
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.