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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.

Early History of the Boocock family


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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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Migration of the Boocock family to Ireland


Some of the Boocock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Boocock family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

The Boocock 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.


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