Origins Available: English
The history of the name Epott dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a superior of a monastery, an Abbot. The name Epott may also be a nickname
applied to someone who played the part of an abbot in a medieval pageant, or to a person thought to be particularly pious and devout.
Early Origins of the Epott family
The surname Epott was first found in the counties of Oxfordshire
and Cambridge from very ancient times. The family was in this area before the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 AD Alfwoldus Abbas (1111-1117,) is one such example of a man who was a holder of the monasterial office of Abbot. It is also assumed that the name may have been a source of several more surnames at a later date. Walter Abat was recorded in The Assize Rolls for Yorkshire
in 1219. Peter le Abbot (the Abbot) of Essex
is documented in the records of the Hornchurch priory, and is also mention of Ralph Abbod in the Assize Rolls for Somerset
Early History of the Epott family
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Epott 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 Epott has undergone many spelling variations
, including Abbott, Abbot, Abbotts, Abbett, Abbet, Abott and others.
Early Notables of the Epott family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Epott family to Ireland
Some of the Epott family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Epott family to the New World and Oceana
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 Epott were among those contributors: George Abbot of Andover Massachusetts born in Yorkshire
died at Andover in 1681. George Abbott emigrated with his three sons and settled in Rowley Massachusetts in 1630. Arthur Abbott settled in Marblehead but removed to Ipswich Massachusetts and joined Winthrop in 1634 in the settlement of that town. Francis Abott settled in New York State in 1853. The early migration of the family is covered in the Abbott genealogy written in 1847.
The Epott 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: Deo patria amicis
Motto Translation: A friend to God and my country.