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It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Willcox was formed. The name was derived from William or Wilhelm. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Willcox 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)


Willcox Early Origins



The surname Willcox 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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Willcox Spelling Variations


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Willcox Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Willcox include Wilcox, Wilcocks, Willock, Wallock and others.

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Willcox Early History


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Willcox Early History



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

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Willcox Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Willcox In Ireland


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Willcox In Ireland



Some of the Willcox 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



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Willcox were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Willcox Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Abigael Willcox, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683-1684
  • Barnaby Willcox, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683-1684
  • Joseph Willcox, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683-1684
  • Sarah Willcox, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683-1684

Willcox Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Elisha Willcox Sr., U.E., (Willcocks, Wilcox) (b. 1728) born in New York, USA who settled in Colchester [Essex], Essex County, Ontario c. 1784 he served in Butler's Rangers under Capt. William Caldwell's Company, married to Amy Planter in 1774 having 8 children, he died in 1795 [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. Hezekiah Willcox U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Raleigh Township [Chatham-Kent], Ontario c. 1784 married to Sarah Brown having 6 children, he died in 1851 [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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Willcox (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Willcox (post 1700)



  • William R. Willcox, American Republican politician, Postmaster at New York City, New York, 1904-07
  • Washington Frederick Willcox (1834-1909), American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 19th District, 1875-76; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1889-93
  • Mrs. O. Blake Willcox, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1956
  • Lyman G. Willcox, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1900
  • C. M. C. Willcox, American politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Adair County, 1915-16
  • Breckinridge L. Willcox, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Maryland, 1986-91

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  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. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Willcox Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willcox 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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