The earliest origins of the Bocook surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a proud or gaudy person. The surname Bocook is derived from the various Old English words pecok, pacok, pocok, pehen,
which all mean peacock.
Early Origins of the Bocook family
The surname Bocook 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 Bocook family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bocook research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1604, 1691, 1585, 1585, 1591, 1591 and 1604 are included under the topic Early Bocook History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bocook Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Bocook are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bocook include: Pocock, Pococke and others.
Early Notables of the Bocook 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... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bocook Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bocook family to Ireland
Some of the Bocook family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bocook family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bocook or a variant listed above: John Pocock, who arrived in New England
in 1661; Richard Pocock, who settled in Barbados in 1679; Christopher Pocock, who arrived in Barbados in 1679.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bocook (post 1700)
- Jay Bocook, American composer and arranger, Director of Athletic Bands at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina
The Bocook 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.