Colcord History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Anglo-Saxon name Colcord comes 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Colcord family

The surname Colcord 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.

Important Dates for the Colcord family

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

Colcord Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Colcord include Caldecot, Caldecott, Caldecotte and others.

Early Notables of the Colcord family (pre 1700)

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Colcord migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Colcord Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Colcord, who landed in New England in 1638 [3]
Colcord Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lt. Colcord, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Colcord (post 1700)

  • Ray Colcord (1949-2016), American ASCAP and BMI Award winning, Primetime Emmy Award nominated film and television composer
  • Gerard Colcord (1900-1984), American architect from St. Louis, Missouri who designed over 300 residences in California
  • Harry M. Colcord, American manager of the stuntman Charles Blondin, the first person to go across the Niagara Falls by piggyback on another person on August 17, 1859
  • Roswell Keyes Colcord (1839-1939), American politician, 7th Governor of Nevada (1891-1895)
  • Charles Francis Colcord (1859-1934), American cattle rancher, U.S. Marshal, Chief of Police and pioneer of the Old West, eponym of Colcord, Oklahoma

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  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. ^ 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)
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