Last name: Hancock
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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.
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..
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!!!
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!!!!
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...
Ive always been proud of my last name...