The present generation of the Heathcech family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in either of the settlements called Heathcote in Derbyshire
. The surname Heathcech 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 Heathcech family
The surname Heathcech 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 Heathcech family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heathcech research.Another 107 words (8 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 Heathcech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heathcech Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Heathcech include Heathcote, Heathcoat, Heathcoat and others.
Early Notables of the Heathcech 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 Heathcech Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heathcech family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Heathcech were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.