Show ContentsPocock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pocock is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Pocock was a name used for a proud or gaudy person. The surname Pocock is derived from the various Old English words pecok, pacok, pocok, pehen, and pohen, which all mean peacock. [1]

Early Origins of the Pocock family

The surname Pocock was first found in Essex where Pecoc was name of a Domesday tenant in Essex in 1086. [2] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 proved the widespread use of the name throughout ancient Britain: Geoffrey Pokoc, Cambridgeshire; Hugh Pokok, Oxfordshire; and Robert Pokoc, Lincolnshire. [1] In Somerset, Walter Pokok and Roger Pokok were listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [3]

Early Cornish records show Roger Paucoc and Roger Paucoc, Pecoc in the Pipe Rolls of 1194. Richard Pocok was listed in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1225 and Simon Pacock was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1297. Robert Pecok (Paycock) was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Essex in 1327. [4]

This name is "found in several parts of England, but its great home is in the North Riding [of Yorkshire], especially in the districts of Richmond and Northallerton. It was represented as Pocok, Pokoc, Pokok, and Pecock in the 13th century in Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Norfolk; in the last two counties it is still well established. Speaking generally, this name characterizes the eastern half of England." [5]

In Scotland, the first entry of the family in interesting: "A gift of six pennies annually was made from the toft of Roger Pacok in Annan in thirteenth century." [6] This source goes on to note "Andreas Pacok was presbyter and notary public in the diocese of St. Andrews, 1311-1321, and the name appears frequently in the parish register of Dunfermline, 1561-1700, as Paycok (1564) and Paicok (1572). Thomas Pacok had grant of a third part of the land of Quhitfeilde in the barony of Lyntounrothrike in 1378, and another Thomas Pacok was elevated to chaplain in 1426. " [6]

Early History of the Pocock family

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Pocock Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Pocock include Pocock, Pococke and others.

Early Notables of the Pocock family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir George Pocock (1706-1792), British admiral, son of Thomas Pocock, chaplain in the navy, was born on the 6th of March 1706, and entered the navy under the protection of his maternal uncle, Captain Streynsham Master (1682-1724), in the " Superbe " in 1718. He became lieutenant in April 1725, commander in 1733, and post-captain in 1738. After serving in the West Indies he was sent to the East Indies in 1754 as captain of the " Cumberland" (58) with Rear-Admiral Charles...
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United States Pocock migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Pocock were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Pocock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Pocock, who arrived in New England in 1661
Pocock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Pocock, who arrived in Maryland in 1743
  • John Pocock, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1750
  • James Pocock, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1771
  • William Pocock, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Pocock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Pocock, aged 40, who landed in New York in 1812 [7]
  • George Pocock, who arrived in New York in 1820 with his wife Rebecca and two children

Canada Pocock migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pocock Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • A D Pocock, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Pocock migration to Australia +

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

Pocock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Pocock, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. John Pocock, English convict who was convicted in Berkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "England"on 28th April 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Joseph Pocock, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Hannah M. Pocock, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837 [11]
  • John Pocock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ganges" in 1839 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Pocock 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:

Pocock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Lieut. Charles Pocock, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Spray of the Ocean" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 1st September 1859 [13]
  • James Pocock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Louisa Pocock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Louisa J. Pocock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Sydney M. Pocock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874

West Indies Pocock migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [14]
Pocock Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Richard Pocock, who settled in Barbados in 1679
  • Christopher Pocock, who arrived in Barbados in 1679
Pocock Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • William Pocock, who settled in Jamaica in 1731

Contemporary Notables of the name Pocock (post 1700) +

  • Cyrena Sue Pocock, birth name of Cyrena van Gordon, American operatic contralto
  • James A. Pocock, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 59th District, 1972, 1978 [15]
  • William Innes Pocock (1783-1836), English 1lieutenant in the navy and author, second son of Nicholas Pocock, the marine painter
  • William Fuller Pocock (1779-1849), English architect, son of a builder, born in the city of London
  • Robert Pocock (1760-1830), English printer and antiquary, born at Gravesend, Kent, second son of John Pocock (1720–1772), grocer
  • Nicholas Pocock (1741-1821), English marine painter, the eldest son of Nicholas Pocock, a Bristol merchant
  • Lewis Pocock (1808-1882), English artist, third and youngest son of Thomas Pocock
  • Sir George Pocock (1706-1792), English admiral son of Thomas Pocock, F.R.S., chaplain in the Navy
  • Thomas Allcot Guy "Tom" Pocock (1925-2007), English biographer, war correspondent, journalist and naval historian
  • Isaac Pocock (1782-1835), English dramatist and painter of portraits, eldest son of Nicholas Pocock
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Ronald Pocock, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Herbert Edward Pocock, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [17]

The Pocock 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: Regi regnoque fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to king and kingdom.

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