Hockey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hockey comes from when the family resided in the regions of Hockley in Essex and Wales. The surname Hockey originally derived from the Old English word hoccsleah which referred to someone who lived close to hills.

Early Origins of the Hockey family

The surname Hockey was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Hockey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hockey research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1220 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Hockey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hockey Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hockey include Hockley, Hockly, Hokeley, Hokelley and others.

Early Notables of the Hockey family (pre 1700)

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Australia Hockey migration to Australia +

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

Hockey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Hockey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [1]
  • Mary Ann Hockey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [1]
  • James Hockey, aged 21, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" [2]
  • Edwin Hockey, aged 25, a butcher, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino" [3]
  • John Hockey, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"

New Zealand Hockey 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:

Hockey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hockey, (b. 1857), aged 22, Cornish farm labourer departing on 5th June 1879 aboard the ship "Glenlora" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 18th August 1879 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hockey (post 1700) +

  • Ms. Audrey Joyce Hockey M.B.E. (b. 1925), British lady tracer, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to the community in Wallasey, Merseyside [5]
  • Timothy D. "Tim" Hockey (b. 1964), Canadian CEO of TDAmeritrade (2016-), former Chief Executive Officer and President of TD Canada Trust (2011-2016)


  1. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1854.shtml.
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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