This surname was a baptismal name 'the son of Adam' an ancient and popular personal name. During the middle ages, a need was felt for an additional name, and the father or mother's name was used as a second name, as it added prestige and practical advantage to the status of the family. Early records of the name mention (ADECOCK) without surname who was recorded in 1198, County Lancashire. Richard Hadecock appears in County Yorkshire in 1200. Adecok Kay, 1246, County Lancashire. Hammes, son of Adecock, held 29 acres of land in Yorkshire in the year 1311. Robertus Adcock of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Smith married Katurne Adcock at St. Antholin, London in the year of 1539. Thomas, son of Thomas Adcocke was baptised at St. James,s Clerkenwell, London in the year 1673. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.
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