Show ContentsChilcott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Chilcott name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the chapelry of Chilcote, which was in the parish of Burton-upon-Trent in Derbyshire. The surname Chilcott belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Chilcott family

The surname Chilcott was first found in Derbyshire at Chilcote, a chapelry, in the parish of Clifton-Campville, union of Tamworth, hundred of Repton and Gresley.

"The manor is described in the Domesday Survey as a hamlet of Repton; it belonged, as early as the reign of Richard I., to the Berkeley family, who held it under the earls of Chester. " 1

However, we must to look to Gloucestershire for the first listing of the family; for it is there that Baldwin de Chillecota was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1169. 2

Later, Kirby's Quest listed Gilbert de Childecote in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) 3

We must take a moment to point out that St. Mabyn, Cornwall probably plays an important role in the family history. For it is there that "the manor of Colquite or Kilquite is mentioned in Doomsday as Chilcoit, and is described as one of the 288 manors belonging to the Earl of Moreton." 4

Early History of the Chilcott family

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Chilcott Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Chilcott include Chilcott, Chilcot, Chilcote, Childecock, Childecott, Childecott, Chillcot, Chillcote and many more.

Early Notables of the Chilcott family

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Chilcot (d. 1766), English organist and composer, was appointed in 1733 organist of Bath Abbey. "The few works which he published show that he was a good musician. His chief compositions are a set of...
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United States Chilcott migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chilcott or a variant listed above:

Chilcott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Chilcott, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Chilcott, who landed in Virginia in 1635 5
  • Thomas Chilcott, who settled in Nevis in 1660
Chilcott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Chilcott, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 5
  • John Chilcott, who settled in Maryland in 1741
Chilcott Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ronald Chilcott, aged 40, who arrived in America from Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1917
  • Ralph Edgar Chilcott, aged 17, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1919
  • Herbert Chilcott, aged 39, who arrived in America, in 1919
  • Edward C. Chilcott, aged 26, who arrived in America, in 1921
  • Sidney Herbert Chilcott, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1922
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Contemporary Notables of the name Chilcott (post 1700) +

  • Steven Lynn Chilcott (b. 1948), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1966 to 1972, First overall pick in the MLB Entry Draft, 1966
  • George Miles Chilcott (1828-1891), American politician, Delegate from the Territory of Colorado and Senator from Colorado (1867-1869), United States Senator from Colorado (1882-1883)
  • Susan Chilcott (1963-2003), English soprano, considered one of the best of her generation, but she died of breast cancer at the age of 40
  • Gareth James Chilcott (b. 1956), English former rugby union player who played from 1977 to 1989 including the England National Team (1984-1989)
  • Barbara Chilcott Davis (1922-2022), Canadian actress who studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, making her West End debut in 1949, co-founder of the Crest Theatre in Toronto, which operated until 1966
  • Stephen Chilcott, British editor of Weekly Business Programs on BBC Radio in London
  • John "Jack" Chilcott, Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played from 1913 to 1914 for Wales and in 1914 for England
  • Clifford "Cliff" Chilcott (1898-1970), Canadian gold medalist freestyle sport wrestler at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Robert "Bob" Chilcott (b. 1955), British choral composer, conductor and singer from Plymouth, former conductor of the chorus at the Royal College of Music in London
  • Dame Amelia Chilcott Fawcett D.B.E., C.V.O. (b. 1956), born in Boston, USA, British Former Chairman of the Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation, was appointed the Commander of the Royal Victorian Order on 8th June 2018 6

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, on Facebook