The Nethicott surname is derived from the Middle English words "nether(e)," meaning "lower," and "cot," meaning "cottage." It was most likely a habitational name created from any of several places so named; such as Nethercott in Oxfordshire
, Nethercote in Warwickshire
, or Nethercott in Devon.
Early Origins of the Nethicott family
The surname Nethicott was first found in Northampton
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1208 when Ern de Nethercot held estates in Oxfordshire.
Early History of the Nethicott family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nethicott research.Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Nethicott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nethicott Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Nethicott has been spelled many different ways, including Nethery, Nethercott, Nethercoat, Nethercott and others.
Early Notables of the Nethicott family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Nethicott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nethicott family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Nethicotts to arrive in North America: Nicho Nethercott, who arrived in Virginia in 1652; James Nethery, who settled in Maryland in 1716; John Nethercliffe, who arrived in America in 1733; William Nethercliffe, who settled in America in 1752.