The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Handcake came 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 Handcake family
The surname Handcake 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. 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)
Early History of the Handcake family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Handcake 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 Handcake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Handcake 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 Handcake family name include Hancock, Hancox, Hancocks, Hancocke, Handcock and others.
Early Notables of the Handcake family (pre 1700)
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Handcake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Handcake family to Ireland
Some of the Handcake 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.
Migration of the Handcake 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. Early immigrants bearing the Handcake surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Edward Hancock settled in Barbados in 1654; George Hancock settled in Virginia in 1654; John Hancock settled in Virginia in 1635; Robert Hancock settled in Barbados in 1654.