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Where did the English Willock family come from? What is the English Willock family crest and coat of arms? When did the Willock family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Willock family history?

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. [1]


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.

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] 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]


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

  • Alexander Willock, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799
  • James Willock, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799
  • Noble Willock, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

Willock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Willock, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808


  • Dave Willock (1909-1990), American character actor, known for his comedic work on CBS's Green Acres and with Cliff Arquette, together they had their own radio and television shows in the early 1950s
  • Andy Willock (b. 1964), former English football midfielder
  • Calum Daniel Willock (b. 1981), English -born Saint Kittitian and Nevisian international footballer
  • Sir Henry Willock (1790-1858), British lieutenant-colonel and the British Envoy to Persia (1815-1826), Chairman of the East India Company (1844-1845)
  • Air Vice-Marshal Robert Peel Willock (1893-1973), senior Royal Air Force officer who commanded British Air Forces in Iraq during World War II
  • Mr. Ritson Willock, British Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Albert E Willock, Canadian stained aboard the HMCS Niobe from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Colin Willock (1919-2000), British magazine editor and a nature documentary writer and producer
  • Brad Scott Willock (b. 1962), former Olympic and CIAU All-Canadian volleyball player
  • Timothy Willock, British doctor and novelist


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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)

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. 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).
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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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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