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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.

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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. 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]

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hiscock research. Another 121 words (9 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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  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)

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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