Howcot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Howcot is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the area of Holdgate in Hereford. Holgate was also listed as a township in the suburbs of York at one time.
Early Origins of the Howcot family
The surname Howcot was first found in Shropshire at Holdgate, Stanton Holdgate or Castle Holdgate, a small village which dates back to 1185 when it was listed as Castellum Hologoti and literally meant "castle of a man called Helgot", from an Old French personal name + the Latin castellum.  Holdgate (Holgate) Castle is situated in the village of Holdgate and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. It was an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress founded by Helgot de Reisolent. Ruins of the castle are still found there today.
Important Dates for the Howcot family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howcot research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1481, 1555, 1545 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Howcot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Howcot Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Howcot are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Howcot include: Holgate, Holdgate, Howgate, Hogate and others.
Early Notables of the Howcot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Howcot family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Howcot or a variant listed above: James Holgate settled in Philadelphia in 1685; William Holgate settled in New England in 1748; Mathew Holdgate settled with his daughter Mary in Philadelphia in 1685.
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)