The name Wollcoke was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wollcoke 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 Wollcoke family
The surname Wollcoke 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 Wollcoke family
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Wollcoke Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Walcot, Walcoke, Wallcott, Wallcot, Walcott and others.
Early Notables of the Wollcoke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wollcoke family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Wollcoke 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.