Northcote History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 "norð," meaning "north," and "cot," meaning a "cottage," or "shelter." [1] [2] [3]

Early Origins of the Northcote family

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." [4]

"Pynes, in Upton Pyne, the present seat of the Northcote family (who were at Northcote in East Downe as early as the year 1103), came to them by the marriage of Sir Henry Northcote, the fifth Baronet, with the heiress of Stafford. Hence the additional name of Stafford, so familiar in the title of the Earl of Iddesleigh when he was Sir Stafford Northcote. Prior to acquiring Pynes, the Northcotes were at Hayne, in the parish of Newton St. Cyres. Here lived Sir John Northcote, the first Baronet of the family, a member of the Long Parliament, who left behind him a volume of notes on the proceedings of that body, and served as colonel for the Parliament in the earlier part of the Civil War. The Northcotes were allied with some of the most distinguished houses of the West, and with the Plantagenets. By marrying heiresses they extended their own importance and possessions ; and among the families they thus represent are Helion, Meoles, Mamhede, Drew, Haswell, and Stafford." [5]

"The Northcotts of Devonshire originally took their name from several hamlets in the county. The principal family is that of the very ancient and distinguished house of Northcote of Pynes, which received its baronetcy in 1620, and was lately ennobled in the person of Sir Stafford Northcote. The name is also established in Cornwall." [6]

By the time the of Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, a Lincolnshire branch was established as Amyas de Northcote and Amicia de Northcotes were registered there at that time. [1]

Early History of the Northcote family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Northcote research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1752, 1674, 1587, 1570, 1632, 1599, 1676, 1640, 1676, 1628, 1688, 1710, 1743, 1730, 1743, 1103 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Northcote History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Northcote Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Northcote family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Northcote (d.1587), a cloth merchant of Crediton; and his son, John Northcote (1570-1632), of Uton and Hayne, Newton St Cyres, near Crediton, Devon, Lord of the Manor of Newton St Cyres; Sir John Northcote, 1st Baronet (1599-1676), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1640 and 1676; Sir...
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United States Northcote migration to the United States +

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

Contemporary Notables of the name Northcote (post 1700) +

  • James Spencer Northcote (1821-1907), English Catholic priest and writer from Feniton Court, Devon
  • James Northcote (1746-1831), English painter from Plymouth
  • Sir Henry Northcote (1710-1743), 5th Baronet, British Member of Parliament for Exeter (1730–1743)
  • Henry Northcote (1901-1970), 3rd Earl of Iddesleigh, British peer
  • Stafford Northcote GCB, PC, FRS (1818-1887), 1st Earl of Iddesleigh, British politician, President of the Board of Trade (1866-1867), Chancellor of the Exchequer (1874-1880), Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1886-1887)
  • Henry Stafford Northcote GCMG, GCIE, CB, PC (1846-1911), 1st Baron Northcote, 3rd Governor-General of Australia (1904-1908), Governor of Bombay (1900-1903), Member of Parliament for Exeter (1880-1899)
  • Sir Geoffry Alexander Stafford Northcote (1881-1948), British colonial administrator, 20th Governor of Hong Kong (1937-1941)
  • John Northcote Nash CBE RA (1893-1977), British painter of landscapes and stilllifes
  • Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993), British historian and author


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  5. ^ Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  6. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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