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Willock is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from William or Wilhelm. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Willock 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. 
The surname Willock 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.  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. 
Willock has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Wilcox, Wilcocks, Willock, Wallock and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willock research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1480, 1541, 1515, 1585 and 1562 are included under the topic Early Willock History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Willock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Willock 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.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Willocks to arrive on North American shores:
Willock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Willock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Willock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willock 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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