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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Whichcote, Whichcott, Whichcot, Whitcott and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitecotton research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1609, 1683, 1614, 1677, 1643, 1721, 1692 and 1775 are included under the topic Early Whitecotton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 123 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitecotton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitecotton Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Jeannie Whitecotton, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Lily B. Whitecotton, aged 47, who emigrated to America, in 1914

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  • Joseph W. Whitecotton (b. 1937), American academic anthropologist and ethnohistorian
  • Dustin Whitecotton (b. 1979), Canadian professional ice hockey player from Cherryville, British Columbia


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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: Juste et droit
Motto Translation: Just and right.

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  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Whitecotton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitecotton 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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