Wellcox is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from William
Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Wellcox was originally derived from the Germanic elements will,
meaning resolve, helm,
an affectionate or diminutive suffix commonly used in ancient times. With the additional suffix, cox,
the name was taken to mean the son of little William. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Wellcox family
The surname Wellcox was first found in Lancashire
where one of the first records of the name was listed simply as Wilcok with no personal name
in the Assize Rolls of that shire in 1246. Wilcoc was listed in the Assize Rolls of Cheshire
in 1286 and William Wylecok was listed in Somerset
in the Assize Rolls of 1254. Quite of few of the family were found in Yorkshire
as shown by John Wilcokes who was listed there in 1316. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
By the time of the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379, there were numerous entries for the name including those with the "son" extension: Richard Wilokson; Adam Wylkokson; Raddulfus Wycok; and Willelmus Wilkocson. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Wellcox family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wellcox research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1480, 1541, 1558, 1588, 1929, 1515, 1585 and 1562 are included under the topic Early Wellcox History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wellcox Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Wellcox has undergone many spelling variations
, including Wilcox, Wilcocks, Willock, Wallock and others.
Early Notables of the Wellcox family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Nicolaus Wollick (c.
1480-1541), English music theorist; Robert Willcox (1558-1588), an English Catholic martyr (one of the Oaten Hill Martyrs) who was hung, drawn and quartered; he was beatified by Pope Pius XI... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wellcox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wellcox family to Ireland
Some of the Wellcox family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wellcox family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Wellcox were among those contributors: John Willcocks was a shoreman of St. John's, Newfoundland, who had settled there in 1754; John Wilcock settled in Brigus, Newfoundland, in 1801; John Wilcocks was Master of the ".