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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The current generations of the Eliot family have inherited a surname that was first used hundreds of years ago by descendants of the ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Eliot family lived in Liddesdale and Teviotdale where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages. The name is actually derived from the Old English personal name Elwald or Aelfwald, but this name is now all but extinct as a personal name.

Eliot Early Origins



The surname Eliot was first found in Liddesdale, and Teviotdale. Although originally from Elliott, a village near Forfar, this Clan was persuaded by the Douglases to move south to help defend the border in 1396. There they became one of the most influential clans. Some of the notable personalities were "Archie Fire the Braes," "Hob of the Park," "Little Jock of the Park," "Jock Half Lugs," "Jock A'God's Name," "Gibbe Wi' the Gowden Gartens."

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Eliot Spelling Variations


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Eliot Spelling Variations



Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Eliot has been spelled Elliott, Elliot, Eliot, Eliott, Ellegett, Ellegot, Ellecot, Ellacott, Ellacot, Ellgate, Ellett, Ellit and many more.

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Eliot Early History


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Eliot Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eliot research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1499, 1546, 1898, 1592, 1632, 1636, 1668, 1604, 1690, 1612, 1685, 1640, 1665, 1714, 1700, 1670, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Eliot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eliot Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Eliot Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir John Eliot (1592-1632), an English statesman who was serially imprisoned in the Tower of London by King Charles I for advocating the rights and privileges of Parliament; George Elliott ( ca. 1636-1668), English surgeon to the Earl of Teviot's Regiment; John Eliot (c...

Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eliot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eliot In Ireland


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Eliot In Ireland



Some of the Eliot family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Eliot:

Eliot Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Eliot, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1631
  • Philip Eliot, who arrived in Nantasket, Massachusetts in 1631
  • Jacob Eliot, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Sarah Eliot, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Joseph Eliot, who landed in New England in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Eliot Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Enoch Eliot, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727

Eliot Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • David Eliot, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Eliot (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Eliot (post 1700)



  • Thomas Stearns "T.S." Eliot (1888-1965), American-born, English poet and dramatist, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1948) and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Charles William Eliot (1834-1936), American academic, 21st President of Harvard University (1869-1909)
  • Peregrine Nicholas Eliot (1941-2016), 10th Earl of St Germans, a British peer and founder of the Elephant Fayre and Port Eliot Lit Fest
  • Montague Charles Eliot KCVO, OBE (1870-1960), 8th Earl of St Germans, a British peer and courtier
  • Nicholas Richard Michael Eliot (1914-1988), 9th Earl of St Germans, a British peer
  • Colonel Francis Perceval Eliot (1755-1818), English soldier, auditor and man of letters
  • Edward James Eliot (1758-1797), English politician, Member of Parliament for St Germans (1780-1784) and 1790 and for Liskeard (1784-1797), King's Remembrancer (1785-1797)
  • Sir Charles Norton Edgecumbe Eliot GCMG, PC (1862-1931), British diplomat, colonial administrator and botanist, Commissioner of British East Africa (1900-1904), British Ambassador to Japan (1919-1925)
  • George Eliot (1819-1880), pseudonym of Mary Anne Evans, an English novelist, known for her novels Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871-72), and Daniel Deronda (1876)

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Motto


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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: Fortiter et recte
Motto Translation: Rightly and Boldly


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    2. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    11. ...

    The Eliot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eliot Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 23 November 2016 at 13:40.

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