Naturally the coat of arms or family crest should be thought of as art or entertainment and not taken too seriously.   The arms on this page are an attempt to illustrate the descriptions from the Burke's General Armory and some other sources.   Whether or not they can be actually connected to our modern-day families is in dispute.  The original illustration was purchased by me and belongs to me - copy or vary it as you like. 

Suggestions and corrections for the illustrations and information are welcome

(Donna Hollingsworth Hocking  olivhill@flash.net).

"In the time of War with France, at the beginning of Queen Anne's reign, a French ship cruising in the Bristol Channel, came to anchor off an estate called Godrevy, in the parish of Gwithian, then in possession of the Rev. John Hockin, who was one of the principal inhabitants of the parish, and it being conjectured that the Frenchman's intention was to send in a boat to plunder the house, which stood alone, and to carry off the cattle from the estate, the said John Hockin and his family became alarmed, and collected their friends and neighbours to keep a watch that night on the cliffs. At daybreak, they all dispersed. thinking that the danger over, but just as Thomas Hockin, then a young man, was getting into bed, another person whose fears had taken him out there more than once to take a view, came in great hurry, and told him that a boat full of men was making for the shore. At hearing this, the said Thomas Hockin slipped on his clothes and catching up a gun, and a pole to feign the appearance of another man, ran out and passed down a steep hill to the sea in sight of the boat from which he was fired at several times, he how ever got behind a rock which served him as a kind of breastwork, and thence with his gun, he fired at the boat with so much vigour and effect as to prevent the crew's landing, and at last made them turn about and row back as fast as they could." For the above action, the Hockin family was granted, in 1764, their coat of arms (the fleurs de lis are in disarray, to denote the French in confusion).

The origin of the Hocking family is believed to be England, but there is absolutely no proof whatever as to the actual ancestry of the patriarch Humphrey D. Hocking (1834 - 1910).
The chance that we are related to the men that actually bore the Hocking crest  is almost nonexistent.
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These arms are described in
The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales : comprising a registry of armorial bearings from the earliest to the present time

by Burke, Bernard, Sir, 1814-1892. (pub. 1884)


  •   Per Fesse wavy Gules and Azure; a lion passant guardant, OR; Beneath the feet a musket lying horizontally ppr; Semee of fleur de lis of the third.
       Shield 2/3 of red and 1/3 of blue with a wavy dividing line. On the red 2/3, a gold walking lion facing the spectator with a horizontal musket beneath it's feet. On the blue 1/3 the field is sown or strewed over with any number of fleur de lys .
  • CREST:
  •   On a rock, a seagull rising ppr.
       Seagull (natural color) is rising from the rock.
  • MOTTO:
  •   Hoc in Loco Deus Rupes.
       This in the Place of God's Rock
    Corrections or Comments? Contact Donna Hollingsworth Hocking