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Where did the Scottish Elliott family come from? When did the Elliott family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Elliott family history?

The Elliott family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. It is a name for someone who 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.

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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, Elliott has been spelled Elliott, Elliot, Eliot, Eliott, Ellegett, Ellegot, Ellecot, Ellacott, Ellacot, Ellgate, Ellett, Ellit and many more.

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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elliott 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 Elliott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 237 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elliott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Elliott 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.

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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 Elliott:

Elliott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Eliz Elliott, aged 30, arrived in America in 1635
  • Jo Elliott, aged 36, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Lyddia Elliott, aged 4, landed in America in 1635
  • Lydia Elliott, aged 4, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Marie Elliott, aged 13, arrived in America in 1635


Elliott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Richd Elliott, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Gilbert Elliott, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Thos Elliott, who arrived in Virginia in 1712
  • Danl Elliott, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Agnes Elliott, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772


Elliott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jean Elliott, aged 18, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Hugh Elliott, aged 14, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Archd Elliott, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Severd Elliott, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1804
  • Robt Elliott, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804


Elliott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. David Elliott U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Jacob Elliott Jr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Jacob Elliott Jr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Elliott Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Elias Elliott, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Elizabeth Elliott, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast
  • Hannah Elliott, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork

Elliott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Elliott, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Richard Elliott, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Elijah Elliott, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Ann Elliott arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
  • John Wilkinson Elliott arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838


Elliott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Edward Elliott landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Peter Elliott landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • James Elliott landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • Elizabeth Jane Elliott, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Sarah Elliott, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842


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  • 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
  • Rev. E Elliott, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
  • 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 (19791995)
  • Brigadier-General Dabney Otey Elliott (1890-1976), American Commanding General Army Service Forces Training Center (1944-1946)
  • William Clyde "Bill" Elliott (b. 1955), American race car driver who holds the track record at both Talladega and Daytona International Speedway

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