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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Hancock

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

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...

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!!!!

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!!!

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..

DavidEustace
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.

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!

Natalie Hancock
Hi how did you find all this out about you heritidge. I am a Hancock by birth and my Grandfather,Arthur Hancock's knowledge of his family was a bit sketchy and of course he is no longer alive so I can't pick his brain.

Adam Hancock
We recently found out that my Great grandfather came over from Ireland to my home town of Wakefield West Yorkshire.

Pete Hancock
John Hancock was a co signer on the American Declaration of Independence. That's why you hear Americans say put your John Hancock on the document. The movie Hancock with Will Smith was based on the signature of John Hancock. Look John Hancock up he was a interesting man. The English Hancock's originated from Yorkshire. There was a Hancock on the HMS Victory, but he went sick just before the battle of Trafalger with a urine infection. I went to the HMS Victory Museum in Portsmouth. My family settled in Southampton from the West Country they were Brick makers. My immediate family all worked in Southampton Docks. And yes I am proud of my name, but sadly it ends with me as no male in our family has had Sons.

Colin
You should visit Boston, USA - Hancock references all over the place, even a Hancock Tower'

smileylilone
mine is too i hate it ppl laught at me

Footmoot
or as i was called foot moot got a ring to it..

Footmuff
Hancock as a first name? Why would you do that to your child? My last name is Handcock so I feel the pain of the jokes, even more so! My favourite spin on my last name is FootMuff haha win

lian hancock
I love my last name , Hancock is the best :-)

Pollywollydoodle
It was the symbols that were drawn by the boys in my class to represent my surname that got me! Don't go there! Love my roots but not too sorry to loose the name, sorry Dad!

catherine hancock
Thinking of calling my son Hancock as a first name.....but after the stick my surname got at school i aint so sure???

Lou Hancock
Does anyone else get comments about the film alot? >.< x

sammy hancock
my name is hancock :)

ben
hi my last name is hancock