The Heathcox name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in either of the settlements called Heathcote in Derbyshire
. The surname Heathcox 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 Heathcox family
The surname Heathcox 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 Heathcox family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heathcox 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 Heathcox History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heathcox Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Heathcox has undergone many spelling variations
, including Heathcote, Heathcoat, Heathcoat and others.
Early Notables of the Heathcox 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 Heathcox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heathcox family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Heathcox were among those contributors: 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.