Hancock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Hancock family

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]

Early History of the Hancock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hancock research. Another 81 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Hancock family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hancock family to Ireland

Some of the Hancock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hancock migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Nicholas Hancock, who settled in Virginia in 1608
  • John Hancock, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Nathaniel Hancock, who landed in Carnbridge, Massachusetts in 1635 [2]
  • Andrew Hancock, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 [2]
  • ... (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 [2]
  • Thomas Hancock, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Hancock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Hancock, aged 22, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [2]
  • Elizabeth Hancock, aged 41, who landed in New York, NY in 1842 [2]
  • Robert Hancock, who arrived in New York in 1846 [2]
  • T J Hancock, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • S Hancock, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hancock migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland

Australia Hancock migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [3]
  • Thomas Hancock, a weaver, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Emma Hancock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [4]
  • John Hancock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [4]
  • Sarah Hancock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hancock migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hancock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hancock, (b. 1816), aged 25, British labourer travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [5]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Hancock, (b. 1820), aged 21, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [5]
  • Mr. John Hancock, (b. 1830), aged 11, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [5]
  • Thomas Hancock, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bolivia
  • Mr. Thomas Hancock, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hancock (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Mary Louise Hancock (1920-2017), American politician, New Hampshire State Senator (1977-1979), New Hampshire State Planning Director (1960-1976)
  • William C. "Billy" Hancock Jr. (1946-2018), American singer, guitarist, bassist and multi-instrumental recording artist
  • Ronald Garry Hancock (1954-2015), American Major League Baseball reserve outfielder and first baseman who played from 1978 to 1984
  • Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (b. 1940), American Grammy award winning jazz musician
  • Albany Hancock (1806-1873), English naturalist, biologist, supporter of Charles Darwin [7]
  • 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
  • Nick Hancock (b. 1962), English actor, comedian and television presenter
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Alfred George Hancock, British Warrant Officer Gunner aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [8]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Francis Hancock, British Boy Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Thomas Hancock, American 3rd Class passenger from Bisbee, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Hancock +

  • 613 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.

  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)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  8. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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