The English surname Woodcock is derived from the Middle English term woodcock (a compound of Old English wudu ‘wood’ + cocc ‘cock’, ‘bird’), a bird that is notoriously easy to catch, hence a nickname for a stupid or gullible person. The name may also be a variant of Woodcott, a habitational name from any of various places named with Old English wudu ‘wood’ + cot ‘cottage’, ‘shelter’, as for example Woodcott in Cheshire and Hampshire or Woodcote in Hampshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and Shropshire. The name is recorded first in 1175 when William Wdecoch is registered in the "Pipe Rolls of Norfolk." Adam de Wudecota is listed in the Pipe Rolls of Shropshire (1193).
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