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The earliest origins of the name Wilcox date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from William or Wilhelm. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Wilcox was originally derived from the Germanic elements will, meaning resolve, helm, meaning protection, and cock or cox, 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


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The surname Wilcox 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. [2]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. [3]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)

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 Wilcox include Wilcox, Wilcocks, Willock, Wallock and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilcox 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 Wilcox History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Wilcox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Wilcox 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.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wilcox or a variant listed above:

Wilcox Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Grace Wilcox, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Michaell Wilcox, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Roger Wilcox, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Mary Wilcox, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Joan Wilcox, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
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Wilcox Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliz Wilcox, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Agnus Wilcox, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Wilcox Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Wilcox, who arrived in New York in 1831
  • James Wilcox, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • George Wilcox, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Jane Wilcox, aged 20, landed in New York in 1862
  • William Wilcox, who arrived in Arkansas in 1895

Wilcox Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Wilcox, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Hagued Wilcox Sr., U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Hazard Wilcox U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Hezekiah Wilcox U.E., (Willcox) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Robert Wilcox U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Wilcox Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Wilcox, who landed in Canada in 1840
  • Dyer Wilcox, who landed in Canada in 1841

Wilcox Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Edward Wilcox arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849
  • Frederick Thomas Wilcox arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849
  • George Wilcox arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849
  • Sophia Jane Wilcox arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849
  • Edmond Wilcox, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire"
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Wilcox Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Wilcox arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
  • Sarah Wilcox arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
  • Thomas L. Wilcox, aged 21, a mine labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • Mary P. Wilcox, aged 17, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • James Wilcox, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
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  • Robert Wilcox (1910-1955), American film and theater actor
  • Fred McLeod Wilcox (1907-1964), American motion picture director
  • Collin Wilcox (1924-1996), American mystery writer
  • Howard Omar "Howdy" Wilcox (1905-1946), American racecar driver who finished second at the 1932 Indianapolis 500
  • David "Dave" Wilcox (b. 1942), American NFL professional football player who played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1964 to 1974, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000
  • Howard Samuel Wilcox (1889-1923), early American racecar driver, winner of the 1919 Indianapolis 500
  • Lisa Wilcox (b. 1964), American actress, known for her role in General Hospital (1987)
  • Frank Wilcox (1907-1974), American actor, known for his roles in The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), The Ten Commandments (1956) and Across the Pacific (1942)
  • Wayne Wilcox (b. 1978), American actor, known for his roles in Rent (2005), Interview (2007) and My Sassy Girl (2008)
  • David Patrick Wilcox (b. 1958), American folk musician and singer-songwriter guitarist
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  • Descendants of Elisha Bacon Wilcox of Middletown, Connecticut by Albert Wilcox Savage.
  • The Wilcox Families: Descended form John Wilcockson and David Alonzo Wilcox by Donald H. Wilcox.
  • Wilcox/Wilcoxson Families of New England by Martha Scott Osborne.
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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Wilcox Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilcox Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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