Bowcock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Bowcock family
The surname Bowcock 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 Bowcock family
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Bowcock 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 Bowcock has undergone many spelling variations, including Pocock, Pococke and others.
Early Notables of the Bowcock 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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Bowcock migration to the United States +
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 
Contemporary Notables of the name Bowcock (post 1700) +
- James Matthew Bowcock (b. 1884), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Hanover, 1908-11; Berne, 1914-15; Leghorn, 1915-16; Cairo, 1916; Rome, 1916-21; Munich, 1926-32 
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The Bowcock 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.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html