Acock Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Acock Origin:


Origins of Acock:

According to the early recordings of the spellings of the name, this interesting and unique name was listed in many forms, and is English in origin. It is a shortened form of the particular name “Adam,” which was borne, according to Genesis, by the first man. It is of unknown etymology. It is often said to be from the Hebrew “adama” which means earth. The specific name shows as “Adecok” (1246) in the Assize Court Rolls of Lancashire, and the surname records back to the early 13th Century. Early records contain as Robert Adekok (1275) in the Premium Rolls of Worcestershire, and John Atkoc (1327) in the Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire. Spellings of the surname contain Adcocks, Atcock, Acock and Hadcock, while some examples in the remaining church records of the diocese of Greater London contain the wedding of William Acocke to Joane Attkinsone in December 1591, at St. Olave’s, Hart Street, and the wedding of Richard Adcock to Katheren Frie, in December 1593, at St. Giles’, Cripplegate.


More common variations are: Awcock, Aucock, Eacock, Accock, Aicock, Aycock, Ackock, Aecock, Acocke, Acok.


The surname Acock first appeared in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from old times. Some say well before the Norman Invasion and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD.

The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Richard Hadecoc, dated about 1226, in the “Register of the Freemen of Leicester,” Huntingdonshire. It was during the time of King Henry III who was known to be the “The Frenchman,” dated 1216 – 1272. 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. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varietions of the original one.


Many of the people with surname Acock had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Some of the people with the name Acock who arrived in the United States in the 18th century included William Acock, who landed in North Carolina in the year 1744.


Some of the individuals with the surname Acock who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Mary Acock at the age of 30, who was a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship “Warren Hastings.”

Here is the population distribution of the last name Acock: United States 299; England 204; South Africa 73; New Zealand 7; Portugal 2; Kuwait 1; Australia 1; Wales 1; France 1; Scotland 1.

Notable People:

Sharion Aycock was born in the year 1955. She is currently the federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. She gave services as the President Judge since 2014 and on the Court since 2007, and she is the first female federal district court judge in Mississippi.

Clarence C. “Taddy” Aycock (January 1915 – January 1987), a conservative Democrat from Franklin in St. Mary Church, was the only three-term lieutenant governor in 20th century Louisiana history.

Charles Brantley Aycock (November 1859 – April 1912) was the 50th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1901 to 1905. After starting his work as an advocate and teacher, he became active in the Democratic Party during the party’s Solid South period and was a strong advocate of the white supremacy battles of that time.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Ar. a fesse betw. three fleurs-de-lis gu. Crest—Out of a mural coronet a demi swan issuing ppr.

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