Caldecott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Caldecott name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Caldecot, which was the name of parishes found in Peterborough and Worcestershire. The name was originally derived from the Old English word ceald-cote and literally meant the dweller at the cold-huts. [1]

Early Origins of the Caldecott family

The surname Caldecott was first found in various places named Caldecote or Caldecott throughout Britain including Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire.

No fewer than five of them are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Caldecote, Cambridgeshire; Caldecota, Hertfordshire; Caldecote, Warwickshire; Caldecote, Leicestershire; and Caldecote, Northamptonshire. Williamscott or Willscott in Oxfordshire was home to the family too.

"Walter Calcott, in 1575, endowed a free school here with £13 per annum payable out of his manor of Williamscott, for 40 boys chosen by lot from the villages around." [2] The hamlet was also made famous as the site that Charles I. slept a night or two prior to the battle of Cropredy-Bridge.

Early History of the Caldecott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caldecott research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1304, 1320, 1779 and 1844 are included under the topic Early Caldecott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Caldecott Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Caldecott has undergone many spelling variations, including Caldecot, Caldecott, Caldecotte and others.

Early Notables of the Caldecott family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Caldecott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Caldecott family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Caldecott were among those contributors: Elizabeth Calcott who settled in Virginia in 1651; James Calcutt settled in San Francisco in 1850; William Caldecot arrived in New York City in 1774.


Contemporary Notables of the name Caldecott (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Edwin Caldecott (1878-1951), American pharmacist and politician who served in politics in Alameda County, California, eponym of the Caldecott Tunnel
  • Thomas Caldecott (1744-1833), English bibliophile and Shakespearean student educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford [3]
  • Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886), English artist and illustrator, eponym of The Randolph Caldecott Medal which annually recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children"
  • John Caldecott (1801-1849), East India Company commercial agent, meteorologist and astronomer
  • Ben Caldecott, British environmentalist, economist, and commentator
  • Sir Andrew Caldecott GCMG CBE KStJ FRAS (1884-1951), British colonial administrator, Founder President of Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur, 28th Governor of Ceylon, 19th Governor of Hong Kong
  • Moyra Caldecott (1927-2015), British author of historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction
  • Andy Caldecott (1964-2006), Australian racing driver from Keith, South Australia, winner of the motorcycle division of the Australian Safari Rally four times consecutively (2000–2003)


The Caldecott Motto +

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: In utrumque paratus
Motto Translation: Prepared for both.


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 31 Oct. 2019


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