The name Heathcake is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in either of the settlements called Heathcote in Derbyshire
. The surname Heathcake belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Heathcake family
The surname Heathcake was first found in Derbyshire
where the name could have been derived from someone who lived at "the heath-cottage" or "the cot on this heath." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
While the surname is from Derbyshire
, the first record of the name was found in Essex
, where Walter Hathecok was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Heathcake family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heathcake research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1609, 1719, 1652, 1733, 1665, 1721, 1711, 1713, 1689, 1759, 1715 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Heathcake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heathcake 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. Heathcake has been spelled many different ways, including Heathcote, Heathcoat, Heathcoat and others.
Early Notables of the Heathcake family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Gilbert Heathcote, 1st Baronet
(1652-1733), Governor of the Bank of England
and Lord Mayor of London; and his brother, Caleb... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heathcake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heathcake family to the New World and Oceana
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 Heathcakes to arrive in North America: John Heathcoate settled in Jamaica in 1685; Jasper Heathcoat settled in New England
in 1850; Edward Heathcote settled in Virginia in 1721; along with James.