Hancox History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The earliest origins of the name Hancox date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name 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 Hancox family
The surname Hancox 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. 
Farther south in Devon, John Hancock was Warden of St Mary's College, Ottery St Mary in 1446.
Early History of the Hancox family
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Hancox Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hancox include Hancock, Hancox, Hancocks, Hancocke, Handcock and others.
Early Notables of the Hancox family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Hancock (1737-1793), president of the Continental Congress, the first signer of the American Declaration of Independence. Because his signature was so legible, the expression "John Hancock" meaning signature evolved.
Crang & Hancock, were noted organ builders. John Crang, a Devonshire man, settled in London and became a partner with Hancock, a good voicer of reeds. The latter added new reeds to many of Father Smith's...
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Migration of the Hancox family to Ireland
Some of the Hancox family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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| Hancox migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Hancox Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Hancox, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia 
- William Hancox, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839 
| Hancox 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:
Hancox Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Hancox, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
- Henry Hancox, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
- Sarah Hancox, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
- Elizabeth Hancox, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
- Alice Hancox, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
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|Contemporary Notables of the name Hancox (post 1700) ||+|
- Ben Hancox, English violinist, co-founder of the Sacconi String Quartet in 2001
- Mitchell John "Mitch" Hancox (b. 1993), English professional footballer
- Stuart Hancox, English award-winning literary translator
- Allan Robin Winston Hancox (1932-2013), English-born jurist, Chief Justice of Kenya (1989-1993)
|Historic Events for the Hancox family ||+|
HMS Royal Oak
- William Hancox, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking