Elcoks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Elcoks came from the pet form of the name Allicock. Alternatively, the name could have derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Allen.' 
Early Origins of the Elcoks family
The surname Elcoks was first found in Derbyshire and Cambridgeshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Alcok de Stonys and John Alcoc, respectively.
The Yorkshire Polls Tax Rolls of 1379 had listings with a variety of early spellings: Johannes Alcokson; Alcocus de Stublay; and Willelmus Alcok. 
Over in Norfolk, Henry Alycock was Rector of Colney in 1481 and the same source notes "in 1493, Thomas Alicok gave 10 marks to buy a cope." 
Scotland has some early records of the name too as William Alkok was listed as a witness in Aberdeen in 1281. 
Early History of the Elcoks family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elcoks research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1449, 1399, 1486, 1430, 1500, 1461, 1472, 1473, 1500, 1715, 1738, 1742 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Elcoks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Elcoks 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 Elcoks family name include Alcoc, Alecock, Alecocke, Allcock, Allcoke, Allcok, Allcoe and many more.
Early Notables of the Elcoks family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Alcock (c. 1430-1500), an English churchman, Master of the Rolls in 1461, Bishop of Rochester in 1472, 1st President of the Council of the Marches in Wales (1473 to 1500.) 
John Alcock, born at London, April 11, 1715, "became at seven years of age a chorister of St. Paul's...
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Migration of the Elcoks family to Ireland
Some of the Elcoks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Elcoks family
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. Early immigrants bearing the Elcoks surname or a spelling variation of the name include: George Alcock of the "Mayflower" landings in 1620; John Alcock who settled in Maine in the same year; James Alcock, who arrived in Virginia in 1650.
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 Translation: Watch
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- Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print