This surname of ENOCH was an English medieval given name ENOCK (Greek ENOKH) from the Hebrew CHANOCH, meaning dedicated. This was a name borne in the Bible by the eldest son of Cain (Genesis. 4:17) and by the father of Methuselah, who was said to have 'walked with God' The surname is relatively common in Wales, but much rarer in England, where it is concentrated on the Warwickshire and Oxfordshire borders. The name has many variant spellings which include ENOCK, ENNOK, ENNOCKE, ENHOKE, HANOCH, HANOCHI, ENOCKSSON, ENOCHSSON, HANOCHOV and HANOKHOV. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. The earliest known bearer of the name is the clerk John ENOC, who witnessed a deed at Warmington, Wiltshire in 1216. Robert ENOC is recorded in 1237 at Paulshot, Wiltshire. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arma in 1884. Registered at County Worcester. The lion depicted in the crest is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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