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Where did the English Cabot family come from? What is the English Cabot family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cabot family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cabot family history?

The name Cabot comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for a person with a large head. The surname Cabot was originally derived from the Old French word cabot and was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form Capoceus.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Cabot, Cabott, Chabot and others.

First found in Jersey in the Channel Islands where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cabot research. Another 257 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1483, 1497, 1498, and 1557 are included under the topic Early Cabot History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cabot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Cabot or a variant listed above were:

  • Sebastien Cabot who settled in Maine in 1498

Cabot Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • George Cabot, who landed in New England in 1700
  • John Cabot, who arrived in New England in 1700
  • Antoine Cabot arrived in Louisiana in 1756

Cabot Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Pedro Cabot, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Stephen Cabot arrived in Philadelphia in 1821
  • Jose Cabot, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1879

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  • Meggin Patricia Cabot (b. 1967), American author of romantic comedies
  • Samuel Cabot (1752-1853), American merchant, seaman, and politician from Boston, Massachusetts
  • Godfrey Lowell Cabot (1861-1962), American industrialist and philanthropist
  • Richard Clarke Cabot (1868-1939), American physician, who pioneered clinical hematology
  • John Moors Cabot (1901-1981), U.S. Diplomat, Ambassador to Pakistan, and to Sweden
  • Paul Codman Cabot (1898-1994), American investment manager, and treasurer of Harvard University
  • Edward Clarke Cabot (1818-1901), American architect and watercolor painter
  • Sebastian Cabot (1918-1977), English film and television actor
  • John Cabot (1461-1498), Italian explorer
  • Sebastian Cabot (1475-1557), Italian explorer


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The Cabot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cabot Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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