Boocock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Boocock is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is a name for a proud or gaudy person. The surname Boocock is derived from the various Old English words pecok, pacok, pocok, pehen, and pohen, which all mean peacock.

Early Origins of the Boocock family

The surname Boocock 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.

Important Dates for the Boocock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boocock research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1604, 1691, 1585, 1585, 1591, 1591 and 1604 are included under the topic Early Boocock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boocock Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Boocock has been recorded under many different variations, including Pocock, Pococke and others.

Early Notables of the Boocock 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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Boocock 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:

Boocock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Boocock, aged 37, a bootmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Hannah Boocock, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Mary Boocock, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • George Boocock, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Boocock (post 1700)

  • Paul Boocock (b. 1964), American actor and writer based in New York City, known for his work on The Venture Bros. (2003), Henry Fool (1997) and Arachnoquake (2012)
  • Nigel Boocock (1937-2015), English former Speedway rider who competed in eight Speedway World Championship finals from 1955 to 1980, South Australian Champion (1969), brother of Eric Boocock
  • Irvine Boocock (b. 1890), English footballer who played from 1910 to 1922 for Bradford City
  • Eric Boocock (b. 1945), English former Speedway rider who appeared in three Speedway World Championship finals from 1961 to 1983, British Champion (1974), brother of Nigel Boocock
  • Justin Boocock (b. 1975), Australian slalom canoer who competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics

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