Last name: Hancock

Recorded in many forms including as Hancock, Hancox, Handcock and Handcocks, this is an English patronymic surname. It derives from the personal name "Hann", itself a form of the early Johan or John, themselves from the Hebrew "Yochanan", meaning "Jehovah has favoured (me with a son)" or possibly "may Jehovah favour (this child)". To this was added the English suffix "-cock", a popular ending deriving from the pre 7th century word "cocca", a nickname applied to a young lad. Curiously it was as a personal name that "Hanecok" was recorded in the Hundred Rolls of Yorkshire in 1276, although the surname itself first appears at much the same time as shown below. These early recordings include John Hanicokes in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield in Yorkshire in 1316, whilst Warynus Hancok and Agnes Hankokwyf were mentioned in the Poll Tax Records of Yorkshire in 1379. Thomas Hancock (1786 - 1865) was founder of the India rubber trade in England, and his brother Walter (1799 - 1852), invented the first steam engines for road traffic 1824 - 1836. Tony Hancock from Birmingham, who died in 1968, was regarded as the leading comedian of his day. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Hancoc. This was dated 1274 in the "Hundred Rolls of Shropshire", during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Susson Hann
I have found out that my great great grandfather was a Yorkshire Hancock. He was a goldsmith and emigrated to Ireland. The house he bought is still there in Dublin, with a great aunt! My adult daughter visited it some years ago. It is poignant because I was adopted, and only met my birth mother a year before she died and found out all of this. For people who don't belong, names have such meaning; you grab at anything really, not knowing where you really belong. So sad that I lost touch with the Hancock's; blood is blood, but that doesn't mean that you can bond. Such lovely people, and so sad. Still, I'm glad to be a one of the clan! And, the connotations of the word are just how people view it in our time; it's just the way people see it. 'Hann' seems somewhat better though lol!

The brother of Thomas Hancock 1786-1865 [Vulcanized Rubber] and Walter hancock 1799-1852 [First successful Automobile steam vehicle] was a famous listed Artist named Charles Hancock 1802-1877 who was a very accomplished Sporting Animal Artist.he was also the first man to patent the polymer first plastic substance called gutta Percha in 1843. He and his brother Walter invented an extrusion machine that coated copper telegraph wire with rubber and an outer layer of plastic gutta percha that was impervious to water. This allowed the first sub-channel and sub- Atlantic telegraph cables as important in the 1850`s as computers are today.

Steve Hancock
Yep I copped it at school big time. Growing up in Australia there isn't the historical significance of the surname that there is in the USA..

John Hancock
Yeah, it was an especially unfourtunate surname to have back in the 50's and 60's when Tony (the comedian) Hancock was big. Payground jibes included the puerile pointing to the parts of the body in sequence...i.e. toe, knee, hand, cock, with a mocking derisory cackle. Still paying for the therapy!!!

Donnie Hancock
Ha!! Of course the usual jokes in Jr. High but some very good variants to the name as well later in life Some of my favorites; Footcock,, that one always brings a smile;; but absolutely my favorite and proved to be most beneficial to me was the moniker given to me by the young females that were the regulars at a bar, pub, nightclub that I was also quite the regular at in my younger days-- Honeycock--- as in sweet!!!!

Donnie Hancock
I don't know if I accept the origins of the surname given by this article. One account of the origins, that I happen to find most likely, was the "Kings Hand Cocks" which where those in possession of the knowledge to make the hammer mechanism for the early flintlock weapons or the actual rifleman in the King's Army that were actually in possession of the rifle that took the place of the wheel -- I've heard both accounts on History documentaries of the rifle...


My last name is Hancock, my father's roots are in Virginia.


I was born Lisa Hancock and I have been proud of my families name [ Minus the jokes] my whole life. I have traced my family History back to England. my ancestors were Knights in King Edwards Court they were Warriors and fought for the King. My family also includes General Hancock who fought in Civil War. I also have a connection to John Hancock who signed the Declaration of Independence. I was surprised to find out what an amazing people the Hancock family was and I feel still are to this day. Researching my family history on ancestry. com was one of the best things I ever did for myself. Be proud! If your name is Hancock:-]

travis Hancock

My brother and I were once thinking of having our last names, Hancock, proudly tattooed on our arms. And then we thought, what if we were to wear t-shirts? the sleeve would only cover the "han" part, lol

Jovan Hancock
Ive always been proud of my last name...

Samuel Hancock
There's a Movie :D

William Hancock
Susson! We have to be related! I traced family back as far as 1323. I had a distant grand father, born in Yorkshire, moved to Dublin . He was a jewelry maker! ( gold smith) . In 1800, I find that I had another relative that moved from Dublin, to Virginia, then Kentucky. I find it funny that Tony Hancock was a comic and that our distant relative invented the first road worthy steam engine. I'm both a comic and a mechanical engineer! Genes folks! It's in the genes!

Ian Hancock
We were the Saxon rulers of Great Britain - very proud of my name. 😜

Katie hancock
Hello I'm from a town called worksop Notts just thought I'd add myself x

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