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Where did the English Hiscock family come from? What is the English Hiscock family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hiscock family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hiscock family history?

The name Hiscock was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Hiscock is based on the personal name Richard. It is composed of the elements Hitch, which is a pet form of the name Richard, and the suffix cock, a medieval term of endearment. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, in the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. However, by the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions.

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Hitchcock, Hichcock, Hiscock, Hiscox, Hitchcocke, Hedgecock, Hitchcoke, Hitchcott and many more.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hiscock research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hiscock History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hiscock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Adam Hiscock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
  • Charles Hiscock, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • James Hiscock, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • James Hiscock, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Arthur Hiscock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851


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  • Frank Harris Hiscock (1856-1946), American lawyer and politician
  • Frank Hiscock (1834-1914), U.S. Representative and Senator from New York
  • Mr. S. Hiscock (d. 1912), aged 22, English Plate Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Thomas Hiscock (1812-1855), English blacksmith and prospector in Australia
  • Eileen May Hiscock (1909-1958), English Olympic athlete
  • Eric C. Hiscock (1908-1986), noted British sailor and author of books on small boat sailing and ocean cruising
  • Dave Hiscock (b. 1953), New Zealand competitive motorcycle rider
  • Peter Dixon Hiscock (b. 1957), prominent Australian archaeologist
  • Neville Hiscock (1951-1983), New Zealand motorcycle racer
  • Simon Hiscock, British Olympic sailor

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  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Hiscock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hiscock 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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