Woodcock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Woodcock family

The surname Woodcock was first found in Norfolk where William Wdecoch was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1175. One year later in 1176, the Pipe Rolls of Hertfordshire listed Roger Wudecoc and in 1200, the Feet of Fines for Essex noted William Widecoc as holding lands there at that time. [1]

There are two theories as the the origin of the name. The first is that it was derived from the Anglo/Saxon name Wudu-coc and the more common second theory that the name was derived as a nickname from the bird 'woodcock' and "at one time a common term for a simpleton in many early plays. " [2]

There are also two early entries for the family in Scotland: William Wodcok, Burgess of Glasgow, 1488 and Francis Wodcok who held land there in 1552. [3]

Early History of the Woodcock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodcock research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1850, 1603, 1646, 1603, 1643 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Woodcock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Woodcock Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woodcock, Woodcocke, Woodkooke, Woodcott, Wudcock and many more.

Early Notables of the Woodcock family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Martin Woodcock (1603-1646), alias John Farington, an English Franciscan martyr. "Born in 1603 at Clayton-le-Wood, Lancashire, he appears to have belonged to the Lancashire families of Farington or Woodcock, though it is not clear which was his real name, nor has his parentage been traced. Towards the end of 1643...
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Ireland Migration of the Woodcock family to Ireland

Some of the Woodcock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Woodcock migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodcock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Woodcock, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Woodcock, who settled in Boston in 1635
  • Joshua Woodcock, who settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • Josua Woodcock, aged 11, who landed in Bermuda in 1635 [4]
  • George Woodcock, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Woodcock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Woodcock, who landed in Virginia in 1718 [4]
  • Robert Woodcock, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1727 [4]
  • Job Woodcock, who arrived in New England in 1761 [4]
Woodcock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Woodcock, aged 38, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1812 [4]
  • Frederick Woodcock, who landed in Arkansas in 1882 [4]
Woodcock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ernest E Woodcock, who arrived in Arkansas in 1900 [4]

Canada Woodcock migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodcock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Abraham Woodcock U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. Abraham Woodcock Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. John Woodcock Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. Abraham Woodcock U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Rangers of New York [5]

Australia Woodcock migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Woodcock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Woodcock, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Elizabeth Woodcock, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Sarah Woodcock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851 [8]
  • George Woodcock, English Convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • George Woodcock, aged 32, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Woodcock 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:

Woodcock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Woodcock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
  • William Woodcock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
  • Alfred Woodcock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • Jane Woodcock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • Henry Woodcock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rob Roy" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Woodcock (post 1700) +

  • John Woodcock (1954-1998), American NFL football player
  • John A. Woodcock Jr. (b. 1950), United States federal judge
  • Leonard Freel Woodcock (1911-2001), President of the United Auto Workers (UAW)
  • Owen Preston "O.P." Woodcock (b. 1983), American builder, best known for his work with Marsh & Saxelbye
  • Thomas Woodcock (1888-1918), English soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Jo Woodcock (b. 1988), English television, film and stage actress
  • Bruce Woodcock (1921-1997), English heavyweight boxer, British and Empire heavyweight champion (1945 to 1950)
  • John Woodcock (1603-1646), English Franciscan martyr
  • Wilf Woodcock (1892-1966), English footballer
  • Thomas Woodcock VC (1888-1918), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Albert George Woodcock (1920-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Sarah Emma Woodcock, American 2nd Class passenger from Fall River, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [12]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTITUTION 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Constitution.htm
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  10. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caucasian1853.shtml
  11. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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