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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. 
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 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.  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. 
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, 1515, 1585 and 1562 are included under the topic Early Wilcox History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilcox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Wilcox Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Wilcox Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Wilcox Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Wilcox Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Wilcox Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Wilcox Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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