Silcock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Silcock is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Cecil, deriving from the nickname Sill. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England were found shortly after the Norman Conquest and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.

Early Origins of the Silcock family

The surname Silcock was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from early times and were anciently descended from the distinguished Saxon family who held a family seat there well before the Norman Conquest. The name is derived from a colloquial term in Derbyshire about the year 1000 describing a thrush, i.e. a "shrilcock" or "shilcock."

Early History of the Silcock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silcock research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1283, 1379, and 1781 are included under the topic Early Silcock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Silcock Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Silcock are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Silcock include: Silcock, Silcocks, Silcox, Sylcox, Sylcock, Shilcock, Shrilcox, Shrilcocks, Silk and many more.

Early Notables of the Silcock family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Silcock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Silcock migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Silcock or a variant listed above:

Silcock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Silcock, who settled in Virginia in 1729
  • Ann Silcock who landed in America in 1748

New Zealand Silcock 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:

Silcock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Esther Silcock, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1859
  • Mary Ann Silcock, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1859

Contemporary Notables of the name Silcock (post 1700) +

  • Richard "Dick" Silcock (1878-1936), English professional rugby league footballer of the 1900s
  • Nathan "Nat" Silcock (b. 1904), English professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s and 1930s
  • Nathan "Nat" Douglas Silcock (1927-1992), English professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s through the 1960s
  • Marco "Marc" Silcock (b. 1988), English actor, best known for his role as Jackson Walsh in the British soap opera Emmerdale
  • John "Jack" Silcock (1898-1966), English footballer

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Robert Silcock (1914-1942), English Mechanician 2nd Class from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was later lost in HM Tug Yin Ping 1942 [1]


  1. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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