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.

Early History of 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, 1642, 1600, 1602, 1605, 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.

Ireland 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 242 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States 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]

Australia Coots migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Coots Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Coots, (b. 1831), aged 19, English baker who was convicted in Ipswich, Suffolk, England for 10 years for house breaking, transported aboard the ""Blenheim"" on 24th July 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island, Australia [2]

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


The Coots 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: Vincit veritas
Motto Translation: Truth conquers.


  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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim


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