Willock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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. 
Early Origins of the Willock family
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. 
Further to the north in Scotland, entries for the family were later. "Adam Willicok was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1578, and Alexander Willicok in Fechill was bewitched in 1597. " 
Early History of the Willock family
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Willock Spelling Variations
Willock has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Willock have been found, including Wilcox, Wilcocks, Willock, Wallock and others.
Early Notables of the Willock family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Nicolaus Wollick (c. 1480-1541), English music theorist
Robert Willcox (1558-1588), was an English Catholic martyr (one of the Oaten Hill Martyrs) who was hung, drawn and quartered; he was beatified by Pope Pius XI in 1929.
John Willock (or Willocks or Willox) (c. 1515-1585), was a Scottish reformer, a native of Ayrshire and was educated at the University of Glasgow. In 1562 he became rector of All Saints Church, Loughborough in Leicestershire. 
Thomas Wilcox (1549?-1608), was an English Puritan divine, born about 1549, and was 'fellow or scholar...
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Migration of the Willock family to Ireland
Some of the Willock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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| Willock migration to the United States ||+|
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 
| Willock migration to New Zealand ||+|
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Willock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Rev. William W. Willock, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 
- Mrs. Willcock Willock, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 
- Mr. Willock, (b. 1849), aged 1, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Willock (post 1700) ||+|
- 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
- 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
- Sophie Willock Bryant (1850-1922), née Willock, an Irish mathematician, educator, feminist and activist from Sandymount, Dublin
- John Willock Noble (1831-1912), American Republican politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, 1867-70; U.S. Secretary of the Interior, 1889-93 
|Historic Events for the Willock family ||+|
- Mr. Albert E Willock, Canadian stained aboard the HMCS Niobe from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 
- Mr. Ritson Willock, British Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking 
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