Hitchcock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Hitchcock family

The surname Hitchcock 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 Hitchcock family

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

Hitchcock 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 Hitchcock 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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United States Hitchcock migration to the United States +

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, who settled in New England in 1635
  • Luke Hitchcock, who arrived in New Haven, Connecticut in 1635 [3]
  • Mathew Hitchcock, aged 25, who landed in America in 1635 [3]
  • Matthew Hitchcock, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [3]
  • Matthias Hitchcock, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hitchcock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Franklin Hitchcock, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [3]

Canada Hitchcock migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hitchcock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Hitchcock U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. Miles Hitchcock U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. Miles Hitchcock Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]

Australia Hitchcock migration to Australia +

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

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 [5]
  • William Hitchcock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ganges" in 1839 [6]
  • James Hitchcock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [7]
  • Thomas Hitchcock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [7]
  • Robert Hitchcock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1848 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hitchcock migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hitchcock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A. J. Hitchcock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name Hitchcock (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Hitchcock +

  • 2214 "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.

  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GANGES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Ganges.gif
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Navarino.htm


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