Elliott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Elliott family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts. The first family to use the name Elliott 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 Elliott family

The surname Elliott 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 Elliott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elliott research. Another 141 words (10 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 Elliott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Elliott Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Elliott has appeared Elliott, Elliot, Eliot, Eliott, Ellegett, Ellegot, Ellecot, Ellacott, Ellacot, Ellgate, Ellett, Ellit and many more.

Early Notables of the Elliott family (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. 1604-1690), English Puritan missionary to the American Indians from Widford, Hertfordshire; John Eliot...
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elliott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Elliott family to Ireland

Some of the Elliott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 80 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Elliott migration to the United States +

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Elliott:

Elliott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eliz Elliott, aged 30, who arrived in America in 1635 [2]
  • Jo Elliott, aged 36, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Lyddia Elliott, aged 4, who landed in America in 1635 [2]
  • Lydia Elliott, aged 4, who arrived in New England in 1635 [2]
  • Marie Elliott, aged 13, who arrived in America in 1635 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Elliott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Elliott, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [2]
  • Gilbert Elliott, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Thomas Elliott, who arrived in Virginia in 1712 [2]
  • Danl Elliott, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [2]
  • Agnes Elliott, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Elliott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jean Elliott, aged 18, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803 [2]
  • Hugh Elliott, aged 14, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803 [2]
  • Archd Elliott, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [2]
  • Severd Elliott, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1804 [2]
  • Robert Elliott, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Elliott migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Elliott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Elliott, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. David Elliott U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Jacob Elliott Jr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]
  • Cpl. John  Elliott U.E. born in Township of Dover, New York, USA from Township of Dover, New York, USA who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1784 he enlisted in 1778 served in 6th Company Butler's Rangers he died in 1795 [3]
Elliott Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elias Elliott, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Elias Elliott, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • Elizabeth Elliott, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Hannah Elliott, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mr. Andrew Elliott, aged 50 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Pursuit" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 6th June 1847 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Elliott migration to Australia +

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

Elliott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Elliott, English convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. William Elliott, English labourer who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Samuel Elliott, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Richard Elliott, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Elijah Elliott, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Elliott migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Elliott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Elliott, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Peter Elliott, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • James Elliott, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • Elizabeth Jane Elliott, aged 24, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Sarah Elliott, aged 5, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Elliott (post 1700) +

  • Henry Wood Elliott (b. 1946), American watercolor painter, author, and environmentalist
  • Chalmers William "Bump" Elliott (1925-2019), American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989
  • Robert Brackett "Bob" Elliott (1923-2016), American actor and comedian, one-half of the comedy duo of Bob and Ray
  • Daisy L. Elliott (1916-2015), also known as Daisy Elizabeth Lenoir, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 4th District, 1961-62; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1963-78, 1981-82
  • Patricia Elliott (1938-2015), American Tony Award and Soap Opera Digest Award nominated actress
  • Jack Elliott (1927-2001), American Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated television and film composer, conductor, music arranger, and television producer
  • Matthew Elliott (1739-1814), British agent in the American Revolution and War of 1812
  • Harry Lewis Elliott (1923-2013), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1953 through 1955 for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Peter R. "Pete" Elliott (1926-2013), American Hall of Fame college football player, Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1979–1995)
  • Brigadier-General Dabney Otey Elliott (1890-1976), American Commanding General Army Service Forces Training Center (1944-1946) [10]
  • ... (Another 190 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Ellen Elliott (1888-1914), née Donald Canadian Third Class Passenger from Lachute, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
  • Master Frederick Elliott (1913-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Lachute, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
  • Master George Elliott (1910-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Lachute, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Ernest Elliott (1888-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Lachute, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
Flight 191
  • Rev. E Elliott, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [12]
Halifax Explosion
  • Master Gerald Arthur  Elliott (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Mrs. Catherine  Elliott (1850-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Miss Vera   Elliott (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Mr. John W.  Elliott (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Mrs. Mary  Elliott (1873-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • ... (Another 8 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Cornwall
  • Henry Samuel Elliott (d. 1942), British Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Cyril Frederick Elliott (d. 1945), British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. John G Elliott (b. 1905), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Jarrow, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Frederick Elliott, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Alfred V Elliott, British sailor, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. David Mons Lorrain Elliott (1915-1943), British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, died whilst a Prisoner of War in 1943 [18]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Robert Elliott (1913-1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [19]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Arthur Graham Elliott, English Able-Bodied Seaman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. James Elliott, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [20]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Everett Edward Elliott (d. 1912), aged 24, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [21]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Lawrence E. Elliott, American Machinist's Mate First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [22]


The Elliott 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. ^ Lowe, 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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 27)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Dabney Elliott. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Elliott/Dabney_Otey/USA.html
  11. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  12. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area
  13. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  14. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  15. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  17. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  18. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  19. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  20. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  21. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  22. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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