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

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.


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.

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." [1] 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." [1]


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


  • 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
  • Edward Clarke Cabot (1818-1901), American architect and watercolor painter
  • John Moors Cabot (1901-1981), U.S. Diplomat, Ambassador to Pakistan, and to Sweden
  • Richard Clarke Cabot (1868-1939), American physician, who pioneered clinical hematology
  • Godfrey Lowell Cabot (1861-1962), American industrialist and philanthropist
  • Sebastian Cabot (1918-1977), English film and television actor
  • Sebastian Cabot (1475-1557), Italian explorer
  • John Cabot (1461-1498), Italian explorer


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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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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