Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from the Middle English personal name Hann +
the hypocoristic suffix -cok, which was commonly added to
personal names (see Cocke).
- Dutch: from Middle Dutch
hanecoc ‘winkle’, ‘periwinkle’ (a type of shellfish), probably
a metonymic occupational name for someone who gathered and sold
- Thomas Hancock, the uncle of Declaration of Independence signatory
John Hancock (1736/7–93), was among the foremost of 18th-century
American businessmen. He was a descendant of Nathaniel Hancock, who
was known to have been in Cambridge, MA, as early as 1634. Born in
Braintree, MA, John Hancock was president of the Second Continental
Congress and the first governor of the state of MA.
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