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The Northcote surname is a habitational name, taken on from any of several places, such as Northcott in Devon. These place names are derived from the Old English words "norđ," meaning "north," and "cot," meaning a "cottage," or "shelter."

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The surname Northcote was first found in Devon at Northcote (Northcott), a hamlet, in the parish of Boyton, union of Holsworthy, hundred of Black Torrington. The surname claims descendancy "from Galfridus, who was of Northcote, in the parish of East-Downe, in the twelfth century." [1]

Spelling variations of this family name include: Northcott, Norcott, Norcutt, Northcutt, Northcote and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Northcote research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1587, 1570, 1632, 1599, 1676, 1640, 1676, 1628, 1688, 1710, 1743, 1730, 1743 and 1103 are included under the topic Early Northcote History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 195 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Northcote Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Northcote Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hazell Northcote, who settled in Virginia in 1726
  • James Northcote, who arrived in America in 1771

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  • James Northcote (1746-1831), English painter
  • Sir Henry Northcote (1710-1743), 5th Baronet, British Member of Parliament for Exeter 1730–1743
  • Henry Stafford Northcote (1846-1911), British 1st Baron Northcote GCMG, GCIE, CB, PC
  • Sir Henry Northcote (1710-1743), 5th Baronet, British Member of Parliament for Exeter 1730–1743
  • Stafford Northcote (1818-1887), 1st Earl of Iddesleigh, British politician
  • Sir Geoffry Northcote (1881-1948), British colonial administrator


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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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