The name Dracott is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in one of many similarly-named places in England
. Settlements called Draycott are in Derbyshire
, and Worcestershire
. Draycott Moor is in Berkshire, and Draycote is in Worcestershire. Draycott in the Clay and Draycott in the Moors
are found in Staffordshire
. Draycot Cerne, Draycot Fitz Payne, and Draycot Foliatt are all in Wiltshire
. Thus, the surname Dracott 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 Dracott family
The surname Dracott was first found in Staffordshire
at Draycot-in-the- Moors
, a parish, in the union of Cheadle, S. division of the hundred
of Totmonslow. "In the south side of the former chancel are a piscina and three sedilia, and a fine altar-tomb of the 16th century, with recumbent effigies, and small sculptured statues on the sides; and in the other chancel or chantry, are five altar-tombs, the earliest that of a Knight Templar. The church also contains some fine old monuments of the Draycot family. Painsley Hall, in the parish, was a place of some note in the civil wars; it was the manor-house of the Draycot family, and parts of the old building are still remaining: the present occupant, a few years since, filled up the moat by which it was surrounded." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Dracott family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dracott research.Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1566, 1571, 1560, 1571, 1510 and 1572 are included under the topic Early Dracott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dracott Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dracott has been spelled many different ways, including Draycott, Draycote, Dracot, Dracott and others.
Early Notables of the Dracott family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Phillips Draycote of Draycote, Staffordshire; and Anthony Draycot (d. 1571 ), born at Draycott-in-the-Moors, Staffordshire
, an English Roman Catholic churchman and lawyer who condemned... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dracott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dracott family to Ireland
Some of the Dracott family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dracott family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dracotts to arrive in North America:
Dracott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Dracott, who landed in Virginia in 1642 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)