Show ContentsEncott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Encott begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived as dwellers at the end cottage. The surname Encott originally derived from the Old English words Ende and Cot. [1]

Early Origins of the Encott family

The surname Encott was first found in Devon "at Endicott in Cadbury, " [1] but, unfortunately we cannot locate this place today. Records of the family is the early years are scarce, but the Devon Lay Subsidy Rolls of 1327 do mention Johannes de Ynndecote, and this may be the first record of the family.

Without a doubt, the most important member of the family was John Endecott (1588?-1665), Governor of New England. He was "supposed to have been born at Dorchester, Dorsetshire, in or about 1588, but nothing is known of his early life. On 19 March 1628 he joined with five other ‘religious persons’ in purchasing a patent of the territory of Massachusetts Bay from ‘the corporation styled the council established at Plymouth in the county of Devon for the planting, ruling, and governing of New England in America.’ " [2]

Early History of the Encott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Encott research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1300, 1601, 1664, 1629 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Encott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Encott Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Encott has undergone many spelling variations, including Endacott, Endecott, Endicott and others.

Early Notables of the Encott family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Encott family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Encott were among those contributors: John and Anne Endicott who settled in Massachusetts and became Governor of Massachusetts in 1628.



  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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