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Where did the English Honeycutt family come from? What is the English Honeycutt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Honeycutt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Honeycutt family history?

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Honeycutt family lived in Somerset, at the manor of Hunecote or Hunnecota, from where they took their name.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Honycott, Hunnicott, Huncote, Honicote, Honeycott, Honeycutt, Hunnicot and many more.

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."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Honeycutt research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Honeycutt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Honeycutt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Honeycutt or a variant listed above:

Honeycutt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Francis W. Honeycutt, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • J.W. Honeycutt, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Jennie Honeycutt, aged 59, who landed in America, in 1914
  • John Honeycutt, aged 3, who emigrated to America, in 1914
  • Margaret Honeycutt, aged 1, who landed in America, in 1914


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  • Francis Honeycutt (1883-1940), American Olympic bronze medalist fencer
  • Deborah Travis "D.Ann" Honeycutt (b. 1947), American politician, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Georgian Academy
  • Jerald DeWayne Honeycutt (b. 1974), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Jay F Honeycutt (b. 1937), American Director of NASAís John F. Kennedy Space Center
  • Thomas L Honeycutt Ph.D.,, American Associate Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University
  • Rodney L Honeycutt Ph.D.,, American Professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University
  • R Kent Honeycutt Ph.D.,, John Hill Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at Indiana University


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The Honeycutt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Honeycutt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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