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Origins Available: Irish
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
but this name is now all but extinct as a personal name.
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."
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.
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
Another 237 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elliott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, 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, 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
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
- 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 (1979–1995)
- 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
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 recteMotto Translation:
Rightly and Boldly
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- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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- Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
The Elliott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Elliott Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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