Linscott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Linscott family

The surname Linscott was first found in Essex at Lindsell, a village and civil parish in the Uttlesford district. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Lindesela. [1] Literally, the place name means "dwelling among the lime-trees," having derived from the old English words "lind" + "sele." [2] Historically quite small, in the late 1800s, the population was 393 and at that time was home to a small ancient church named St. Mary the Virgin, Lindsell. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands and village of Lindsell, a Norman noble by the name of Ranulph de St.Valery, under tenant to tenant in chief, Eudo the Steward. The Domesday Book lists the village as having a mill and five beehives.

Early History of the Linscott family

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Linscott Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lindsell, Linsell, Lindsale, Linsall, Lindsall and others.

Early Notables of the Linscott family (pre 1700)

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Linscott Ranking

In the United States, the name Linscott is the 12,015th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]


Australia Linscott migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Linscott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Linscott, English Convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]

New Zealand Linscott migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Linscott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Frederick Linscott, (b. 1860), aged 18, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Linscott (post 1700) +

  • Jody Linscott, American session musician and percussionist
  • Stella Linscott, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1932 [6]
  • Sidney Smythe Linscott (1883-1968), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1944 [6]
  • James A. Linscott, American politician, Mayor of Watsonville, California, 1907-09 [6]
  • Charles H. Linscott, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1920, 1940; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 12th District, 1932 [6]
  • Glenda Linscott (b. 1958), English-born, Australian actress
  • Gillian Linscott (b. 1944), British author, winner of the 2000 British Crime Writers' Association prize The Ellis Peters Historical Dagger


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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