The history of the Willcoch name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from William
Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Willcoch 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 Willcoch family
The surname Willcoch 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 Willcoch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willcoch research.Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1480, 1541, 1558, 1588, 1929, 1515, 1585 and 1562 are included under the topic Early Willcoch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Willcoch Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Willcoch family name include Wilcox, Wilcocks, Willock, Wallock and others.
Early Notables of the Willcoch 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 Willcoch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Willcoch family to Ireland
Some of the Willcoch family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 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 Willcoch family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Willcoch surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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 ".