Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Heathcoat is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in either of the settlements called Heathcote in Derbyshire
. The surname Heathcoat 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 Heathcoat family
The surname Heathcoat 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 Heathcoat family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heathcoat 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 Heathcoat History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heathcoat 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. Heathcoat has been spelled many different ways, including Heathcote, Heathcoat, Heathcoat and others.
Early Notables of the Heathcoat 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 Heathcoat Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heathcoat 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 Heathcoats to arrive in North America:
Heathcoat Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Heathcoat, who arrived in Virginia in 1697 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Heathcoat Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jasper Heathcoat, who settled in New England in 1850
Heathcoat Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Fred Heathcoat, aged 26, who arrived in America, in 1920
- Alfred Heathcoat, aged 37, who arrived in America, in 1922
- J Alfred Heathcoat, aged 37, who arrived in America from Southampton, England, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Heathcoat (post 1700)
- Sir John Heathcoat -Amory (1894-1972), 3rd Baronet was an English cricketer
- John Heathcoat (1783-1861), English inventor and politician from Duffield, Derbyshire; he made an improvement to the warp-loom to produce mitts of a lace-like appearance, Member of Parliament for Tiverton in 1832
- Derick Heathcoat -Amory KG, GCMG, TD, PC, DL (1899-1981), 1st Viscount Amory, English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1958 to 1960 and as Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1972 to 1981
- David Philip Heathcoat -Amory (b. 1949), British politician, accountant and farmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (2000-2001), Paymaster General (1994-1996)
- Sir John Heathcoat Heathcoat -Amory (1829-1914), 1st Baronet, a British businessman and Liberal politician, Member of Parliament for Tiverton (1868-1885), grandson of John Heathcoat, the inventor