Show ContentsEllicott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A family in the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland was the first to use the name Ellicott. They 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.

"A William Aliot came into England with the Conqueror, and the name seems to be connected with Alis and Ellis." [1]

Early Origins of the Ellicott family

The surname Ellicott 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."

Early History of the Ellicott family

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Ellicott Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Ellicott has been spelled Elliott, Elliot, Eliot, Eliott, Ellegett, Ellegot, Ellecot, Ellacott, Ellacot, Ellgate, Ellett, Ellit and many more.

Early Notables of the Ellicott family

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. 1604-1690), English Puritan missionary to the American Indians from Widford, Hertfordshire; John Eliot...
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Ireland Migration of the Ellicott family to Ireland

Some of the Ellicott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Ellicott migration to the United States +

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Ellicott:

Ellicott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andrew Ellicott (1708 – 1741), who emigrated from England to Pennsylvania in 1730; he married Ann Bye (1706 – 1768) in 1731, progenitor of the Ellicott family in America
Ellicott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Ellicott, who arrived in New York in 1820 [2]

Australia Ellicott migration to Australia +

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

Ellicott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Ellicott, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ellicott (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Ellicott (1760-1826), American surveyor and land agent for the Holland Land Company, son of Joseph Ellicott, the miller
  • Joseph Ellicott (1732-1780), American miller, co-founder of Ellicott's Mills, Howard County, Maryland, son of Andrew Ellicott
  • John Ellicott (1739-1794), American miller, co-founder of Ellicott's Mills, Howard County, Maryland, son of Andrew Ellicott
  • Henry Jackson Ellicott (1847-1901), American sculptor, great-grandson of Andrew Ellicott, the surveyor
  • Elizabeth King Ellicott (1858-1914), American suffragist from Balimore, Maryland
  • Andrew Ellicott (1754-1820), American surveyor, son of Andrew Ellicott, the miller
  • Andrew Ellicott (1733-1809), American miller, co-founder of son of Andrew Ellicott
  • Robert James "Bob" Ellicott AC KC (1927-2022), Australian barrister, politician and jurist, Solicitor-General of Australia (1969–1973), Attorney-General (1975–1977), Minister for Home Affairs (1977–1980), the Capital Territory (1977–1980), and Home Affairs and the Environment (1980–1981)
  • John Ellicott (1706-1772), English clock and watchmaker from Cronwall, son of John Ellicott [4]
  • Rosalind Frances Ellicott (1857-1924), English composer, considered one of the leading female composers of her generation
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Ellicott 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

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. 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)
  3. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook