Hocke was first used as a name by Viking settlers in ancient Scotland
. It was a name for a crooked person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. There were two senses in which this nickname was used. The first was for a person with a crooked back: for a humpback. The other way in which this name was used was for a person with a crooked sense of morals: a crook. This nickname was originally derived from the Old Norse word haki
which meant "hook" or "something crooked."
Early Origins of the Hocke family
The surname Hocke was first found in the county of Norfolk
where Turkil Hako was listed there in Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
. Much later Gilbert Hake was listed in the Feet of Fines of Staffordshire
in 1257. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Hocke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hocke research.Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1273, 1375, 1579 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Hocke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hocke Spelling Variations
Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations
of the name Hocke include Hake, Hakes, Hakke, Hacke and others.
Early Notables of the Hocke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hocke family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Hocke or a variant listed above, including: Thomas Hakes who died at Jamestown, Virginia in 1623; John Maximilian Hake who sailed to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1774 and Nicolaus Hake who settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1798..