Callcott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Callcott is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once 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. 
Early Origins of the Callcott family
The surname Callcott 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."  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 Callcott family
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Callcott Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Callcott has been recorded under many different variations, including Caldecot, Caldecott, Caldecotte and others.
Early Notables of the Callcott family (pre 1700)
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Callcott migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Callcott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Jonathon Walter Callcott, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
Contemporary Notables of the name Callcott (post 1700) +
- William Hutchins Callcott (1807-1882), English musical composer, a younger son of Dr. John Wall Callcott, was born at Kensington
- Lady Maria Callcott (1785-1842), English traveller and author of ‘Little Arthur's History of England,’ born in 1785 at Papcastle, near Cockermouth
- John Wall Callcott (1766-1821), English musical composer, son of Thomas Callcott, a bricklayer and builder
- Sir Augustus Wall Callcott (1779-1844), English landscape painter, born in the Mall, Kensington Gravel Pits, 20 Feb. 1779, brother of Dr. Callcott the musician 
- Barbara Callcott (d. 2013), Australian television personality, best known for her work on Colgate toothpaste advertisements
- John Callcott Horsley RA (1817-1903), English Academic painter of genre and historical scenes, illustrator, and designer of the first Christmas card
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The Callcott 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.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 31 Oct. 2019