Coots History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Coots. It was given to a person who seemed to exhibit some of the characteristics of birds. More specifically, as the name was derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "coot," it was a surname which arose as a nickname.

Early Origins of the Coots family

The surname Coots was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Coots family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coots research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1201, 1219, 1227, 1610, 1661, 1622, 1672, 1738, 1800, 1620, 1683, 1636, 1700, 1683, 1689, 1695 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Coots History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coots Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Coots has appeared include Coote, Cootes, Coot and others.

Early Notables of the Coots family (pre 1700)

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coots Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Coots family to Ireland

Some of the Coots family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 156 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coots migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Coots arrived in North America very early:

Coots Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jon Coots, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [1]
Coots Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Coots, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Coots (post 1700)

  • Laurie Coots (b. 1957), American advertising strategist, best known for her Energizer Bunny campaign
  • John Frederick Coots (1897-1985), American songwriter who wrote over 700 songs, but best known for his song "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
  • James "Jamie" Coots (1971-2014), American Pentecostal pastor, featured in the National Geographic Channel reality television show "Snake Salvation," but died from a rattlesnake bite

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  1. ^ 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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