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It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Handcock was formed. The name was 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.

Handcock Early Origins



The surname Handcock 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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Handcock Spelling Variations


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Handcock Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Handcock include Hancock, Hancox, Hancocks, Hancocke, Handcock and others.

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Handcock Early History


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Handcock Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Handcock 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 Handcock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Handcock Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Handcock Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Handcock In Ireland


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Handcock In Ireland



Some of the Handcock 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



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Handcock were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Handcock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Handcock, who arrived in Virginia in 1718
  • John Handcock, who landed in Virginia in 1722

Handcock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Handcock, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Handcock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Handcock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  • Hannah Handcock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  • Sarah Handcock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  • Henry Handcock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  • Martha Handcock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
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Handcock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Enoch Handcock arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Handcock (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Handcock (post 1700)



  • Scott Handcock (b. 1984), English writer, director and producer
  • Albert Edward Handcock (1863-1937), 5th Baron Castlemaine, Irish peer and landowner who held 12,000 acres
  • Richard Handcock (1826-1892), 4th Baron Castlemaine, Irish peer, Lord Lieutenant of Westmeath (1889-1892)
  • Richard Handcock (1791-1869), 3rd Baron Castlemaine, Irish peer and Tory politician
  • Richard Handcock (1767-1840), 2nd Baron Castlemaine, Irish Member of Parliament for Athlone (1800-1801)
  • John Gustavus Handcock (1720-1766), Irish politician, Member of Parliament for Ballyshannon (1761-1766)
  • John Handcock (1755-1786), Irish politician and soldier, Member of Parliament for Philipstown (1776-1783)
  • Frederick Henry Handcock (1815-1847), Irish-born, Australian pastoralist, horse racing enthusiast, and overlander in South Australia
  • Peter Joseph Handcock (1868-1902), British Veterinary Lieutenant in the Bushveldt Carbineers in the Boer War in South Africa

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Handcock Historic Events


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Handcock Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Richard Daniel Handcock (1905-1941), Australian Lieutenant-Commander (E) from Clifton Gardens, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Stanley Handcock, British Lieutenant Commander, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Handcock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Handcock Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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