The Hocking Descendants Society
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The Hocking Descendants Society Inc. is a Not-for-Profit Organisation, formed on 22 May 1988 by a group of  interested persons who were researching the family name of  HOCKING (including variant spellings:  Hackin, Hawkin(s), Hawken(s), Hockings, Hocken(s) and Hockin(s) and Huychen. 

The Society is a world-wide organisation with representatives in New Zealand,  Canada, United States of America and the United Kingdom, but based in Australia and run by Volunteers.  Our database currently holds over 37,000 names with accompanying data, pertaining  to 339 Family Trees.

Statement of Purpose

- To maintain an Association of those interested in the origin, history and development of the
various branches of the Hocking families
- To hold meetings at places of special interest
- To promote the conservation of documents and other material of special significance to the
various branches of the Hocking family and its descendants
- To foster the genealogical study of history of the various branches of the Hocking family with the
intention of sponsoring the publication of definitive research where this is appropriate
- To compile & circulate a regular newsletter dealing with matters of topical interest and current
genealogical and biographical research into the various branches of the Hocking family


Originated in Cornwall even if not Celtic (says White) apparently from Huchan, a pet name, which Christopher Bice, in his "300 Cornish Christian Names", suggest is presumably the diminutive of Hal, Halkin, which as in Hawkins come from Henry.  Hockin, says Bice, is still used as a genuine forename by at least one Cornish family. By J. A. Baines, F.G.S.V.



The information recorded in the Hocking Descendants Society Database has been gleaned from many different sources - Parish Registers, various Genealogy web sites, books, wills and other documents, including information that has been kindly contributed by family members. Due to the Privacy Act, the Hocking Descendants Society Database is only available to current members.


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