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Willcocks is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is derived from William or Wilhelm. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Willcocks 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)


Willcocks Early Origins



The surname Willcocks 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)

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Willcocks Spelling Variations


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Willcocks Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Willcocks are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Willcocks include: Wilcox, Wilcocks, Willock, Wallock and others.

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Willcocks Early History


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Willcocks Early History



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

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Willcocks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Willcocks Early Notables (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 Willcocks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Willcocks In Ireland


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Willcocks In Ireland



Some of the Willcocks 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Willcocks or a variant listed above:

Willcocks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Willcocks, who arrived in Hartford, Conn in 1635
  • Mathew Willcocks, who landed in Maryland in 1679

Willcocks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Elisha Willcocks Jr., U.E., (Elijah, Wilcox, Willcox) who settled in Canada 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

Willcocks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Willcocks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1848
  • William Willcocks, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Willcocks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Willcocks (post 1700)



  • William Willcocks, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1793-94
  • Henry Willcocks, American politician, Postmaster at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1795-96
  • General Sir James James Willcocks GCB, GCMG, KCSI, DSO (1857-1926), British Army officer who spent most of his career in India and Africa, Governor of Bermuda (1917-1922)
  • Dianne Marie Willcocks CBE (b. 1945), British academic, Vice-Chancellor of York St John University
  • Sir William Willcocks (1852-1932), British irrigation engineer who proposed and built the first Aswan Dam
  • Lieutenant General Sir Michael Willcocks KCB, CVO (b. 1944), British General, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod for the UK House of Lords
  • Joseph Willcocks (1773-1814), Irish-born, Canadian publisher, politician and soldier who was charged with treason during the War of 1812
  • Jonathan Willcocks (b. 1953), British composer and conductor of the Portsmouth Choral Union and Chichester Singers
  • Sir David Valentine Willcocks CBE, MC (1919-2015), British choral conductor and composer, Director of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge (1957-1974), father of Jonathan Willcocks

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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

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Willcocks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willcocks 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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