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The name Hancock originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from from the baptismal name for the son of John, which was originally derived from the diminutive form Hann, a popular English name derived from the Flemish Hann, when translated means John. The suffix cock was added to the surname to indicate familiarity.

Hancock Early Origins



The surname Hancock was first found in Yorkshire where one of the first records of the name was Hanecock Birunc who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Warynus Hancok, Robert Hancok, Willelmus Hancok and Agnes Hankok as all living in Yorkshire at that time. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Hancock Spelling Variations


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Hancock Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hancock has appeared include Hancock, Hancox, Hancocks, Hancocke, Handcock and others.

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Hancock Early History


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Hancock Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hancock research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1737, 1793, 1631, 1707, 1692, 1699, 1703, 1707, 1654, 1701, 1692, 1693, 1654, 1726, 1692, 1699, 1676, 1723, 1703, 1714, 1721 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Hancock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hancock Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hancock Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hancock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hancock In Ireland


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Hancock In Ireland



Some of the Hancock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hancock arrived in North America very early:

Hancock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Hancock, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • Nicholas Hancock settled in Virginia in 1608
  • John Hancock settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Nathaniel Hancock, who landed in Carnbridge, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Andrew Hancock, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hancock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Hancock, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Thomas Hancock settled in Maryland in 1775

Hancock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Hancock, aged 22, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Elizabeth Hancock, aged 41, landed in New York, NY in 1842
  • Robert Hancock, who arrived in New York in 1846
  • T J Hancock, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • S Hancock, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hancock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Hancock, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Samuel Hancock, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Hancock, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Henry Hancock, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • James Hancock, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Hancock Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Cicero Hancock, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Robert Hancock, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland

Hancock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Hancock, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Hancock, a weaver, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Emma Hancock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
  • John Hancock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
  • Sarah Hancock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hancock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hancock landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bolivia
  • John Hancock arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Baltasara" in 1854
  • William Hancock a brickmaker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
  • John Hancock arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Henry Hancock arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hancock (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hancock (post 1700)



  • Ronald Garry Hancock (1954-2015), American Major League Baseball reserve outfielder and first baseman who played from 1978 to 1984
  • John Hancock (1737-1793), American merchant, statesman, Patriot of the American Revolution, signor of the Declaration of Independence, president of the Second Continental Congress, first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (b. 1940), American Grammy award winning jazz musician
  • Barry John Hancock (1938-2013), English footballer
  • Thomas Hancock VC (1823-1871), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Sheila Cameron Hancock CBE (b. 1933), English actress and author
  • Albany Hancock (1806-1873), English naturalist, biologist, supporter of Charles Darwin
  • Nick Hancock (b. 1962), English actor, comedian and television presenter
  • Tony Hancock (1924-1968), English comedian
  • Stephen Patrick "Steven" Hancock (1957-2016), British sprint canoer at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Hancock Historic Events


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Hancock Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Francis Hancock, British Boy Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Thomas Hancock, American 3rd Class passenger from Bisbee, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Hancock


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Suggested Readings for the name Hancock



  • Anthony Hancock and Some of His Descendants: A Genealogy by Harold H. Shepard.
  • History of the Hancock and Barton Families: From Virginia to California: Allied Families, Corlews, Donahoos, and Holways by Hancock Family Organization.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  11. ...

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