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Hancock Name Meaning

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 shellfish.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Haycock, Aycock, Alcock, Haddock, Acock, Adcock, Haack, Hack, Hock

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Where is the Hancock family from?

You can see how Hancock families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hancock family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hancock families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 68 Hancock families living in Virginia. This was about 9% of all the recorded Hancock's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Hancock families in 1840.
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What did your Hancock ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hancock. 18% of Hancock men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Hancock women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hancock were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 461,000 census records available for the last name Hancock. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hancock census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Hancock. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 73,000 military records available for the last name Hancock. For the veterans among your Hancock ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hancock lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hancock life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hancock in 1940 was 34, and 74 in 2004.

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