Halcott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Halcott is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the area of Holdgate in Hereford. Holgate was also listed as a township in the suburbs of York at one time.
Early Origins of the Halcott family
The surname Halcott was first found in Shropshire at Holdgate, Stanton Holdgate or Castle Holdgate, a small village which dates back to 1185 when it was listed as Castellum Hologoti and literally meant "castle of a man called Helgot", from an Old French personal name + the Latin castellum.  Holdgate (Holgate) Castle is situated in the village of Holdgate and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. It was an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress founded by Helgot de Reisolent. Ruins of the castle are still found there today.
Important Dates for the Halcott family
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Halcott 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. Halcott has been spelled many different ways, including Holgate, Holdgate, Howgate, Hogate and others.
Early Notables of the Halcott family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Halcott 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 Halcotts to arrive in North America: James Holgate settled in Philadelphia in 1685; William Holgate settled in New England in 1748; Mathew Holdgate settled with his daughter Mary in Philadelphia in 1685.
Contemporary Notables of the name Halcott (post 1700)
- Matthew Halcott, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1830 
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html