When Richard Woodcock was born in 1849, in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Woodcock, was 33 and his mother, Sarah Ann Davis, was 31. He lived in Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom in 1851.
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.
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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