Honeycott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Honeycott is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Honeycott family lived in Somerset, at the manor of Hunecote or Hunnecota, from where they took their name.

Early Origins of the Honeycott family

The surname Honeycott was first found in Somerset where conjecturally they are descended from William, a Norman noble who was a subtenant of Roger de Courseulles, and was Lord of the manor of Hunecote or Hunnecota, and was recorded in the Domesday Book taken in the year 1086, and the manor is recorded as being "two nuns, as a royal grant."

The township of Huncoat in Lancashire also derived its name from the ancient family. "This was a royal manor in the reign of the Confessor, who, in the great survey, is recorded to have held two carucates in 'Hunnicott.' James de Huncote, and John his son, occur in the reign of Edward I.; the Hall was occupied by this family." [1]

Early History of the Honeycott family

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Honeycott Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Honycott, Hunnicott, Huncote, Honicote, Honeycott, Honeycutt, Hunnicot and many more.

Early Notables of the Honeycott family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Honeycott family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Honeycott or a variant listed above: William Huncote settled in Virginia in 1635.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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