Anticott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Anticott date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Anticott family lived as dwellers at the end cottage. The surname Anticott originally derived from the Old English words Ende and Cot. [1]

Early Origins of the Anticott family

The surname Anticott was first found in Devon "at Endicott in Cadbury, " [1] but, unfortunately we cannot locate this place today. Records of the family is the early years are scarce, but the Devon Lay Subsidy Rolls of 1327 do mention Johannes de Ynndecote, and this may be the first record of the family.

Without a doubt, the most important member of the family was John Endecott (1588?-1665), Governor of New England. He was "supposed to have been born at Dorchester, Dorsetshire, in or about 1588, but nothing is known of his early life. On 19 March 1628 he joined with five other ‘religious persons’ in purchasing a patent of the territory of Massachusetts Bay from ‘the corporation styled the council established at Plymouth in the county of Devon for the planting, ruling, and governing of New England in America.’ " [2]

Early History of the Anticott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Anticott research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1300, 1601, 1664, 1629 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Anticott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Anticott Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Anticott are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Anticott include: Endacott, Endecott, Endicott and others.

Early Notables of the Anticott family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Anticott family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Anticott or a variant listed above: John and Anne Endicott who settled in Massachusetts and became Governor of Massachusetts in 1628.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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