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

The Northcote surname is a habitational name, taken on from any of several places, such as Northcott in Devon. These place names are derived from the Old English words "norđ," meaning "north," and "cot," meaning a "cottage," or "shelter."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Northcott, Norcott, Norcutt, Northcutt, Northcote and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Northcote research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1587, 1570, 1632, 1599, 1676, 1640, 1676, 1628, 1688, 1710, 1743, 1730, 1743 and 1103 are included under the topic Early Northcote History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 195 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Northcote Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Northcote Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Hazell Northcote, who settled in Virginia in 1726
  • James Northcote, who arrived in America in 1771

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  • James Northcote (1746-1831), English painter
  • Sir Geoffry Northcote (1881-1948), British colonial administrator
  • Stafford Northcote (1818-1887), 1st Earl of Iddesleigh, British politician
  • Sir Henry Northcote (1710-1743), 5th Baronet, British Member of Parliament for Exeter 1730–1743
  • Henry Stafford Northcote (1846-1911), British 1st Baron Northcote GCMG, GCIE, CB, PC
  • Sir Henry Northcote (1710-1743), 5th Baronet, British Member of Parliament for Exeter 1730–1743


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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Northcote Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Northcote 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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