The name Wolcoke was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wolcoke family lived in Shropshire
, at the village of Walcot.
a parish, in the union of Bath, partly within the city of Bath, and partly in the hundred
of Bath-Forum, E. division of Somerset
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
There are three places named Walcott in Britain, specifically in Lincolnshire
Early Origins of the Wolcoke family
The surname Wolcoke was first found in Shropshire
, at Walcot, a small village which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 and literally means "cottage(s) of the Britons." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"The name is derived from Walcot in the parish of Lydbury, which was held under the Bishop of Hereford by Roger de Walcot in 1255. He was the ancestor of the present family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Wolcoke family
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Wolcoke Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Walcot, Walcoke, Wallcott, Wallcot, Walcott and others.
Early Notables of the Wolcoke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wolcoke family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Wolcoke or a variant listed above: Capt. Jonathon Walcott settled in Boston, Mass in 1645; his descendent was Arthur Stuart Walcott of New York; James Walcott settled in Pennsylvania in 1825.