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

The name Bowcock is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a proud or gaudy person. The surname Bowcock is derived from the various Old English words pecok, pacok, pocok, pehen, and pohen, which all mean peacock.


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 Bowcock 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowcock research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1604 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Bowcock History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bowcock were among those contributors:

Bowcock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bowcock, who arrived in Maryland in 1665


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 Bowcock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowcock 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 25 June 2013 at 10:02.

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