This surname HARLOCK was a nickname derived from the Old English word 'the hoar-lock' one with a white or grey lock of hair. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. The name is also spelt HARLOCH, HALLOCH, HALLOCKER and HORLOCK. Early records of the name mention Berewoldus Horloc, 1066 County Hampshire, who was listed as a tenant-in-chief in the Domesday Book of 1086. Edwardus Horlach, was documented in the year 1187 in London. Richard Horloc, was recorded in County Lancashire in 1273, and Henry Horlok of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Richard Harlock of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They are to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people. 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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