Blazons & Genealogy Notes
Per fesse embattled ar. and gu. two cocks counterchanged.
Per fesse embattled ar. and gu. two cocks counterchanged.
According to the early recordings of the spelling of the name, this interesting and unique name was listed in a variety of spelling forms such as Maycock, Meacock, and Mecock, this is an English surname. It acquires from “Mahieu” a short form of the Hebrew particular name Matthew, a name brought into Europe by the popular Crusaders. It was on their return from the different failed campaigns to free the Holy Land from the Muslims, it being in fashion to call one’s children by holy names in praise of the father’s achievements. In this situation, the old English or Anglo-Saxon addition of “cocca,” used to show “son of,” was noted as a name. The name in its many and different spellings was well listed since the 13th Century and examples derived from early remaining records, rolls and documents of the old period such as Maicoc, le Crouder, in the Assize Court rolls of the district of Lancashire in 1284, and Thomas Macok in the Pipe Rolls of Derbyshire in the Premium Rolls of 1327. Other documentation from a later period is those of Elizabeth Maycoke in London in 1548. This was during the first year of the command of King Edward VI, known as ‘The boy king’, while Alice Mecock, named at St Andrew’s by the Wardrobe in the city of London in December 1616, and Ann Meacock, married Edward Whitcombe at St George’s Church, Mayfair, in October 1754.
More common variations are: Mycock, Macock, Maycok, Meacock, Machock, Maycook, Meycock, Maycoch, McOck, Macok
The surname Maycock first appeared in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Kings of the Castle. The Saxon rule of English history declined after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries, and the Norman atmosphere predominated. But Saxon surnames remained, and the family name first mentioned in the year 1284 when Maicoc held lands.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of William Maycock, dated about 1323. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.
Many of the people with surname Maycock had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
Individuals with the surname Maycock landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 17th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Maycock who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Thomas Maycock, who landed in Maryland in 1673.
The following century saw more Maycock surnames arrive. Some of the people with the name Maycock who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included James Maycock, who came to Mississippi in 1847.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Maycock: England 2,146; United States 1,078; The Bahamas 446; Australia 267; Canada 249; Barbados 116; Ireland 109; Scotland 98; South Africa 73; Guyana 55
Aubrey Alfred Maycock was born in June in the year 1949. He is an old Guyanese cricket player who played a single first-class match for Essequibo in the final of the 1980–81 inter-division Jones Cup.
Anna Maycock is the leader of the Australia women’s national volleyball team and strong international volleyball player from South Australia. She has been a part of the National Senior program since 2001, after getting her start in the National Junior program 1997.
Betty Jean Maycock Harrington was born in December in the year 1942. He is an old Olympic gymnast from Cleveland, Ohio, United States.
Renae Maycock was born in January in the year 1980. She is an Australian female volleyball player. She was part of the Australia women’s national volleyball team. She played with the national team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, finishing 9th.
The main device (symbol) in the Maycock blazon is the cock. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).3A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
The cock, and other members of its avian family are often found in coats of arms, although telling them apart simply from their images can sometimes be a challenge! Many times the precise choice of species arises as a play on words on the family name, sometimes now lost in history. 6A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Cock The cock itself, Wade points out is a “bird of great courage” and might be used as a symbol of “watchfullness”, being the herald of the dawn. 7The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P80
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|1.||↑||The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36|
|2.||↑||Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52|
|3.||↑||A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154|
|4.||↑||Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53|
|5.||↑||A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11|
|6.||↑||A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Cock|
|7.||↑||The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P80|