The name Heathcock is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in either of the settlements called Heathcote in Derbyshire
. The surname Heathcock belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Heathcock family
The surname Heathcock was first found in Derbyshire
where the name could have been derived from someone who lived at "the heath-cottage" or "the cot on this heath." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
While the surname is from Derbyshire
, the first record of the name was found in Essex
, where Walter Hathecok was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. 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 Heathcock family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heathcock research.Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1609, 1719, 1652, 1733, 1665, 1721, 1711, 1713, 1689, 1759, 1715 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Heathcock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heathcock Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Heathcock were recorded, including Heathcote, Heathcoat, Heathcoat and others.
Early Notables of the Heathcock family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Gilbert Heathcote, 1st Baronet
(1652-1733), Governor of the Bank of England
and Lord Mayor of London; and his brother, Caleb... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heathcock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heathcock family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Heathcock family emigrate to North America:
Heathcock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Heathcock, who landed in Virginia in 1715 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Heathcock (post 1700)
- Alan Heathcock (b. 1971), American writer, winner of the National Magazine Award in 2006
- Ronald Jeffrey "Jeff" Heathcock (b. 1959), American former Major League Baseball pitcher from Covina, California
- Clayton Heathcock (b. 1936), American Professor of Chemistry, and Dean of the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley
Historic Events for the Heathcock family
- Mr. George Henry Heathcock, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html