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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

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

The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Ellett. It comes from in Liddesdale and Teviotdale where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages. The name is actually derived from the Old English personal name Elwald or Aelfwald, but this name is now all but extinct as a personal name.

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Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Ellett has appeared Elliott, Elliot, Eliot, Eliott, Ellegett, Ellegot, Ellecot, Ellacott, Ellacot, Ellgate, Ellett, Ellit and many more.

First found in Liddesdale, and Teviotdale. Although originally from Elliott, a village near Forfar, this Clan was persuaded by the Douglases to move south to help defend the border in 1396. There they became one of the most influential clans. Some of the notable personalities were "Archie Fire the Braes," "Hob of the Park," "Little Jock of the Park," "Jock Half Lugs," "Jock A'God's Name," "Gibbe Wi' the Gowden Gartens."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellett research. Another 281 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1499, 1546, 1898, 1592, 1632, 1636, 1668, 1604, 1690, 1612, 1685, 1640, 1665, 1714, 1700, 1670, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Ellett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 237 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ellett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ellett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Ellett name:

Ellett Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Abra Ellett, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Eliz Ellett, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Rebecca Ellett, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • Ann Ellett, who landed in Maryland in 1676
  • Susanna Ellett, who landed in Maryland in 1676

Ellett Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Ellett, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Richard Ellett, who arrived in Virginia in 1712
  • Gilbert Ellett, who landed in Virginia in 1712
  • Lewis Ellett who settled in Virginia in 1721

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  • Henry T. Ellett (1812-1887), U.S. Representative to Congress for Mississippi
  • Tazewell Ellett (1856-1914), U.S. Representative from Virginia
  • Thomas Harlan Ellett (1880-1951), American architect
  • David Ellett (b. 1964), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Neil Ellett (b. 1944), Canadian Olympic soccer player


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortiter et recte
Motto Translation: Rightly and Boldly

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  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Ellett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ellett 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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