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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Elliott family come from? When did the Elliott family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Elliott family history?

The Elliott family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. It is a name for someone who lived 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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Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Elliott has been spelled 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 Elliott 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 Elliott 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 Elliott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Elliott 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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The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Elliott:

Elliott Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Eliz Elliott, aged 30, arrived in America in 1635
  • Jo Elliott, aged 36, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Lyddia Elliott, aged 4, landed in America in 1635
  • Lydia Elliott, aged 4, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Marie Elliott, aged 13, arrived in America in 1635


Elliott Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Richd Elliott, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Gilbert Elliott, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Thos Elliott, who arrived in Virginia in 1712
  • Danl Elliott, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Agnes Elliott, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772


Elliott Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jean Elliott, aged 18, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Hugh Elliott, aged 14, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Archd Elliott, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Severd Elliott, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1804
  • Robt Elliott, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804


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  • Alan Elliott (b. 1964), American composer
  • Samuel Pack "Sam" Elliott (b. 1944), American two-time Golden Globe and two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated actor, frequently cast as cowboys and ranchers
  • Henry Wood Elliott (1946-1930), American watercolor painter, author, and environmentalist
  • George Frank Elliott (1846-1931), American Marine Corps general, commandant of Marine Corps from 1903-1910
  • William Yandell Elliott III (1896-1979), American professor of history and political science at Harvard University 1925-1963
  • William Clyde "Bill" Elliott (b. 1955), American race car driver who holds the track record at both Talladega and Daytona International Speedway
  • Brigadier-General Dabney Otey Elliott (1890-1976), American Commanding General Army Service Forces Training Center (1944-1946)
  • Peter R. "Pete" Elliott (1926-2013), American Hall of Fame college football player, Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (19791995)
  • Harry Lewis Elliott (1923-2013), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1953 through 1955 for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Matthew Elliott (1739-1814), British agent in the American Revolution and War of 1812

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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