Handcocks is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name that 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 Handcocks family
The surname Handcocks 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 Handcocks family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Handcocks 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 Handcocks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Handcocks Spelling Variations
Handcocks has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Handcocks have been found, including Hancock, Hancox, Hancocks, Hancocke, Handcock and others.
Early Notables of the Handcocks family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Handcocks family to Ireland
Some of the Handcocks 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 Handcocks family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Handcockss to arrive on North American shores: 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.