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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. [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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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 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]


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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

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  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. 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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