lawcock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the lawcock family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the village of Laycock in the West Riding of Yorkshire. [1] The surname was originally derived from the Old English words leah cocc, which refers to the meadow with the wild birds. Another Laycock is a parish, in the union and hundred of Chippenham, Chippenham and Calne in Wiltshire. [2] [3]

Lacock is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and Lacock Abbey was founded on the manorial lands by Ela, Countess of Salisbury in 1232.

Early Origins of the lawcock family

The surname lawcock was first found in Laycock, now a a suburb of the town of Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The first record of the family dates back to the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1273 where Johanna Lakkoc; Johannes de Laccok; and Thomas de Lacokke were each listed. [4]

Because of the proximity to the Scottish border, records in Scotland were found as early as 1492 when William Laicok was vicar of Retre (Rattray.) Later John Lacok canon of Dunkeld, was auditor of accounts of the bishopric between 1505 and 1517. [1]

Early History of the lawcock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lawcock research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1685 and 1648 are included under the topic Early lawcock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lawcock Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name lawcock include Lacock, Laycock, Leacock and others.

Early Notables of the lawcock family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand lawcock 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:

lawcock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Lawcock, aged 24, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860


The lawcock Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Verus honor honestas
Motto Translation: Truth, honour and honesty.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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