Welcome to Three Surnames Genealogy, your trusted source for tracing your family history. Dive into the fascinating world of genealogy and discover the untold stories of your ancestors

At Three Surnames Genealogy, we understand the importance of knowing and preserving your family history. Our journey began with a passion for unraveling the stories of the past, driven by a desire to leave a lasting legacy for future generations. Inspired by a father’s quest to create a narrative for his grandchildren, we are dedicated to helping you discover and celebrate the rich tapestry of your family’s heritage.

Why Three Surnames?

In the small English town of his birth in 1887, William Richard Cory embarked on an inspirational journey shaped by the fluidity of his identity. Born with an unknown father, he was bestowed with his mother’s surname, Cory. As a teenager, the twists of fate led him to a new surname, Cock, in the 1901 English census after his mother remarried.

William Richard Cory 1887 – 1970

Undeterred by the challenges that life threw at him, William enlisted in the Army by the time of the 1911 English census. However, his full name became a source of bullying, prompting him to make a bold decision. Fueled by a desire for self-determination and resilience, William, along with his siblings, altered the spelling of their surname to Cox.

This transformation not only represented a defiance against adversity but also symbolized William’s determination to shape his own narrative. His inspirational story of embracing change and overcoming hardships serves as a testament to the power of self-discovery and the courage to rewrite one’s own destiny. William Richard Cory, with his three surnames, became a beacon of strength, reminding us that our names and identities are not mere labels but stories waiting to be rewritten with courage and resilience.

This particular story of William’s use of three surnames and many others set in motion a passion for family stories and social history.

The Genealogist and Researcher

Emma Devroey

I’m a British national who found a home in the charming landscapes of Belgium with my supportive husband and two beautiful daughters. My professional journey intertwines the digital realm of technology with a passion for history. As a certified IT trainer and holder of accreditations in both Archaeology and Genealogy, I seamlessly merge a fascination for the past with contemporary skills. Embracing the simplicity of life, I find joy in indulging in a warm cup of tea, accompanied by cake or Belgian chocolate. My biographical narrative weaves the tale of a modern-day explorer navigating the digital landscape while cherishing what makes life truly delightful.


Member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists.

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