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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Elliott family come from? What is the Scottish Elliott family crest and coat of arms? 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?

Today's generation of the Elliott family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts. The first family to use the name Elliott 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.


Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Elliott 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."


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.


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


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.


Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important 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


  • 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



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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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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  2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  4. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  5. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  11. ...

The Elliott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Elliott 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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