Lock Family History
Lock Name Meaning
English: topographic name for someone who lived near an enclosure a place that could be locked Middle English loke Old English loca. Middle English loke also came to be used to denote a barrier in particular a barrier on a river which could be opened and closed at will and by extension a bridge. The surname may thus also have been a metonymic occupational name for a lock-keeper. English Dutch and German: nickname for a person with fine hair or curly hair from Middle English loc Middle High German lock(e) ‘lock (of hair) curl’. Compare Lok . Americanized form of German Loch . Chinese: variant of Lok .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press