Show ContentsHarlock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Harlock surname comes from the Old English words "har," meaning "grey" and "locc," which refers to a lock of hair. Thus the surname was most likely formed from a nickname for someone with a patch of grey hair.

Early Origins of the Harlock family

The surname Harlock was first found in Hampshire where the family name was first referenced in the year 1066 when Borewoldus Horloc held a family seat at Winton. The name literally means "grey lock" from the Old English words "har" + "locc." [1]

Early History of the Harlock family

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Harlock Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Harlock has been spelled many different ways, including Harlock, Horlock, Horlick, Harloch, Harlok, Horliche, Hollick and many more.

Early Notables of the Harlock family (pre 1700)

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United States Harlock migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Harlocks to arrive in North America:

Harlock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Harlock, who landed in Maryland in 1653 [2]
  • Abram Harlock, who settled in Virginia in 1666
  • George Harlock, who arrived in Maryland in 1667 [2]
  • William Harlock, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
Harlock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jasper Harlock, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766
Harlock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. Harlock, who settled in Baltimore in 1821
  • James Harlock, who arrived in Missouri in 1846
  • James Harlock, aged 26, who landed in Missouri in 1846 [2]

Australia Harlock migration to Australia +

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

Harlock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Harlock, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 2nd May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Harlock (post 1700) +

  • Major-General Hugh George Frederick Harlock (b. 1900), Australian General Officer Commander in Chief Northern Command from 1954 to 1957 [4]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from
  4. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) Hugh Harlock. Retrieved from on Facebook