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Origins Available: English
The name Cabot comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for a person with a large head.
The surname Cabot was originally derived from the Old French word cabot
and was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form Capoceus.
The surname Cabot was first found in Jersey in the Channel Islands where "it is of frequent occurrence. It appears to be derived from the little fish known by us as the 'bullhead,' but on the shores of Normandy
and the Channel Islands, where it abounds, as the chabot or cabot." 
The same reference continues on: "Sebastian Cabot, the discoverer of Newfoundland (born at Bristol in 1477) is generally believed to be of Venetian extraction, but there is much reason to believe that his father was a native of Jersey." 
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Cabot, Cabott, Chabot and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cabot research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1498, 1497, 1483 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Cabot History in all our PDF Extended History products
More information is included under the topic Early Cabot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Cabot or a variant listed above were:
- Sebastien Cabot who settled in Maine in 1498
Cabot Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George Cabot, who landed in New England in 1700
- John Cabot, who arrived in New England in 1700
- Antoine Cabot arrived in Louisiana in 1756
Cabot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Pedro Cabot, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
- Stephen Cabot arrived in Philadelphia in 1821
- Jose Cabot, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1879
- Joe Cabot (1921-2016), stage name of Joseph Claude Caputo, an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and musical director
- Ted Cabot (1917-1971), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, 1966-71
- Lawrence A. Cabot, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County 2nd District, 1965; Defeated, 1966
- John Moors Cabot (1901-1981), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, 1954-57; Colombia, 1957; Brazil, 1959-61; Poland, 1962-65
- Henry Cabot, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 3rd District, 1936
- George Cabot (1752-1823), American politician, Delegate to Massachusetts State Constitutional Convention, 1777; Delegate to Massachusetts convention to ratify U.S. constitution, 1787; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1791-96
- Thomas D. Cabot, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Massachusetts, 1956
- Samuel Cabot (1752-1853), American merchant, seaman, and politician from Boston, Massachusetts
- Meggin Patricia Cabot (b. 1967), American author of romantic comedies
- Paul Codman Cabot (1898-1994), American investment manager, and treasurer of Harvard University
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- 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).
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
The Cabot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cabot 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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