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

The Norman Conquest of England of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Hitchcock name is derived from 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.


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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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hitchcock or a variant listed above:

Hitchcock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthew, Thomas, and William Hitchcock, who settled in New England in 1635
  • Luke Hitchcock, who arrived in New Haven, Conn in 1635
  • Mathew Hitchcock, aged 25, landed in America in 1635
  • Matthew Hitchcock, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Matthias Hitchcock, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635

Hitchcock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Franklin Hitchcock, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822

Hitchcock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Hitchcock U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Miles Hitchcock U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Miles Hitchcock Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Hitchcock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Hitchcock, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Hitchcock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ganges" in 1839
  • James Hitchcock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • Thomas Hitchcock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • Robert Hitchcock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1848

Hitchcock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • A. J. Hitchcock arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880


  • Sylvia Louise Hitchcock (1946-2015), American model and beauty queen, Miss Alabama USA, Miss USA, and Miss Universe in 1967
  • Ethan Allen Hitchcock (1835-1909), American lawyer and administrator, U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1898-1907)
  • Henry-Russell Hitchcock (1903-1987), American architectural historian
  • George Hitchcock (1850-1913), American artist, a chévalier of the French Legion of Honour and a member of the Vienna Academy of Arts
  • Frank Lauren Hitchcock (1875-1957), American mathematician and physicist
  • Major General Ethan A. Hitchcock (1798-1870), United States Army officer and author during the American Civil War
  • Edward Hitchcock (1793-1864), American geologist and the third President of Amherst College (1845–1854)
  • David Howard Hitchcock (1861-1943), American/Hawaiian artist
  • William Clyde "Billy" Hitchcock (1916-2006), American Major League Baseball player and scout
  • Sir Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), English director, one of the most influential film writers, and directors, nominated for best director for his films "Rear Window" and "Psycho" and others



  • Genealogy of John Drennen Hitchcock, His Brother and Sisters and Their Descendants, 1863-1983 by John H. Hitchcock.
  • Genealogy of Tidal Hitchcock and His Descendants by Francis E. Hitchcock.

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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. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. 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).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  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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The Hitchcock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hitchcock 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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