The history of the name Bowcox goes back those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a proud or gaudy person. The surname Bowcox is derived from the various Old English words pecok, pacok, pocok, pehen,
which all mean peacock.
Early Origins of the Bowcox family
The surname Bowcox 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 Bowcox family
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Bowcox Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bowcox family name include Pocock, Pococke and others.
Early Notables of the Bowcox family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bowcox family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Bowcox 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.
The Bowcox 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.