Hiscock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1] 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.

Early Origins of the Hiscock family

The surname Hiscock was first found in various shires and counties throughout Britain. One of the first records of the name was simply listed as Hichecoc with no personal name in the Assize Rolls of Cheshire in 1260. [2]

A similar entry with no personal name appeared in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 for Yorkshire as Hichecok. The Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire listed Richard Hichecokes there in 1327 and John Higecok was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Cambridgeshire in the same year. William Hygecok, Hichecok were listed in 1329 and 1360. [2] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Willelmus Higecok. [1]

Early History of the Hiscock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hiscock research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1739, 1777, 1775, 1776 and 1777 are included under the topic Early Hiscock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hiscock Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Hiscock family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Daniel Hitchcock (1739-1777), American attorney and graduate of Yale University. He was first appointed lieutenant colonel in command of the regiment when it marched to serve in the Siege of...
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Hiscock Ranking

In Newfoundland, Canada, the name Hiscock is the 45th most popular surname with an estimated 503 people with that name. [3]


Australia Hiscock migration to Australia +

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

Hiscock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Hiscock (post 1700) +

  • Frank Harris Hiscock (1856-1946), American lawyer and politician, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals (1917-1926), Justice of the New York Supreme Court (1896-1913)
  • Frank Hiscock (1834-1914), American politician, U.S. Senator from New York (1887-1893), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1877-1887)
  • Thomas Hiscock (1812-1855), English blacksmith and prospector in Australia; he helping to spark the Victorian Gold Rush with his discovery of gold outside the town of Buninyong, near Ballarat
  • Eileen May Hiscock (1909-1958), English three-time gold, silver and bronze medalist relay runner at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, the 1930 and 1934 Women's World Games and the 1934 British Empire Games
  • Lieutenant William Ewart Hiscock GC (1886-1941), British soldier posthumously awarded the George Cross for "great gallantry and undaunted devotion"
  • Neville Hiscock (1951-1983), New Zealand motorcycle racer, brother of Dave Hiscock
  • Eric C. Hiscock MBE (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 with five New Zealand Castrol Six Hour wins
  • Peter Dixon Hiscock (b. 1957), prominent Australian archaeologist
  • Simon Hiscock, British Olympic sailor
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • George Hiscock, British aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [8]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William A Hiscock (b. 1913), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from North Salisbury, Dorsetshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Frederick J Hiscock (b. 1916), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from East Meon, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Frederick James Hiscock (d. 1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. S. Hiscock (d. 1912), aged 22, English Plate Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [11]
SS Newfoundland
  • Mr. John E. Hiscock (b. 1875), Newfoundlander from Carbonear, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived
  • Mr. Joseph Hiscock (1891-1914), Newfoundlander from Carbonear, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he died during this time
SS Southern Cross
  • Mr. John T. Hiscock (1894-1914), Newfoundlander from Carbonear who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found
  • Mr. George Hiscock (1888-1914), Newfoundlander from Chamberlains who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found


  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  4. ^ Convict Records of Australia ( retrieved 1st February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/charles-kerr)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Trafalgar-March.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARION 1851 - HER HISTORY. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm
  8. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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