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Where did the English Wilcox family come from? What is the English Wilcox family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wilcox family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wilcox family history?

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.

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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.

First found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Knassington from very ancient times some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilcox research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1480 and 1541 are included under the topic Early Wilcox History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Wilcox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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


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

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"


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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  • Frank Nelson Wilcox (1887-1964), modernist American artist
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1855-1919), American poetess
  • Ella Wilcox (1850-1919), American journalist
  • Cadmus M. Wilcox (1824-1890), US Army officer and Confederate general in the American Civil War
  • Carlos Wilcox (1794-1827), American poet
  • Chris Wilcox (b. 1982), American professional basketball player
  • Collin Wilcox (b. 1937), American actress
  • Larry Wilcox (b. 1947), American actor
  • Alfred Wilcox (1884-1954), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Right Worshipful Denis Brian Wilcox JP (b. 1945), English politician, 631st Mayor of Hereford for the Municipal Year May 2012-2013 for the Diamond Jubilee / Olympic Year

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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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  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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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.

This page was last modified on 3 February 2015 at 18:58.

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