Callicott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Callicott come from when the family resided 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 Callicott family
The surname Callicott 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 Callicott family
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Callicott 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. Callicott has been recorded under many different variations, including Caldecot, Caldecott, Caldecotte and others.
Early Notables of the Callicott family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Callicott family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Callicott or a variant listed above: 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 Callicott (post 1700) +
- Burton Callicott (1907-2003), American artist and teacher at the Memphis Academy of Art
- Ransom M. Callicott (1896-1962), American President of the National Restaurant Association, co-founder of Meals for Millions
- J. Baird Callicott, American philosopher, University Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas
- "Mississippi" Joe Callicott (1899-1969), United States Delta blues singer and guitarist
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The Callicott 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.