Last name: WOODCOCK

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WOODCOCK : This last name is indexed 120,993 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

WOODCOCK : English:: 1: from Middle English wodecok ‘woodcock’ (Old English wuducocc a compound of Old English wudu ‘wood’ + cocc ‘cock bird’) a type of bird that is notoriously easy to catch. Therefore the name might have been either for a person who caught or sold woodcock or a nickname for a gullible person.2: in some cases because there can be confusion between -cock and -cot in surnames and therefore the name may also be a variant of Woodcott a habitational name from any of various places called with Old English wudu ‘wood’ + cot ‘cottage shelter’ such as Woodcott in Cheshire and Hampshire or Woodcote in Hampshire Surrey Oxfordshire Warwickshire and Shropshire or from any residence at a cottage in or near a wood.

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