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Where did the English Northcott family come from? What is the English Northcott family crest and coat of arms? When did the Northcott family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Northcott family history?

The Northcott 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."


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

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]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Northcott 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 Northcott History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Northcott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Northcott, who arrived settled in New England in 1669

Northcott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Northcott and Robert Northcott, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1854

Northcott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Northcott, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella"
  • John Northcott, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • John Northcott (aged 20), a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"

Northcott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Northcott, aged 22, a miner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873


  • Gustavus Augustus Northcott (1861-1938), American politician, President of the Senate of West Virginia (1905-1907)
  • Bayan Northcott (b. 1940), English composer and music critic
  • Thomas Theodore "Tommy" Northcott (1931-2008), English professional footballer who played from 1949 to 1966
  • Lawrence "Baldy" Northcott (1908-1986), Canadian NHL ice hockey player who played from 1928 to 1939
  • Ronald Charles Northcott (b. 1935), three-time Canadian and World curling champion
  • Ryan Northcott (b. 1980), Canadian actor, known for his roles in Mystery, Alaska (1999), Ripper (2001) and The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000)
  • General Sir John Northcott (1890-1966), Australian Chief of the General Staff (1942–1945), Commander in chief, British Commonwealth Occupation Force, Japan (1946), Governor of New South Wales (1946–1957)
  • William Northcott, British Editor
  • Tom Northcott (b. 1943), Canadian Juno Award nominated folk-rock singer, active in the late 1960s and early 1970s
  • Douglas Geoffrey Northcott FRS (1916-2005), British mathematician, Research Fellow of St John's College in 1948, awarded the London Mathematical Society Junior Berwick Prize in 1953, elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1961



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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. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Northcott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Northcott Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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