Endinort History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Endinort is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived as dwellers at the end cottage. The surname Endinort originally derived from the Old English words Ende and Cot. [1]

Early Origins of the Endinort family

The surname Endinort 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 Endinort family

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

Endinort Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Endinort has been spelled many different ways, including Endacott, Endecott, Endicott and others.

Early Notables of the Endinort family (pre 1700)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Endinort Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Endinort family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Endinorts to arrive in North America: 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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