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Early Origins of the Olcott family


The surname Olcott was first found in Northampton where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Holcote, held by William Peveral from the Bishop of Byaeux, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Early History of the Olcott family

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Early History of the Olcott family


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Olcott Spelling Variations

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Olcott Spelling Variations


Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Holcote, Hollcote, Holcott, Holcott, Hulcott, Hulcote, Holecote, Hulecote, Holecott, Wholcott, Wholecote, Wholcote, Olcott, Olcote, Ollcott, Ollcote, Alkett, Alket, Owlcott and many more.

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Early Notables of the Olcott family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Olcott family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Olcott family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Olcott family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Olcott or a variant listed above were:

Olcott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Olcott, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1692 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Olcott (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Olcott (post 1700)


  • William Tyler Olcott (1873-1936), American lawyer and amateur astronomer, eponym of the Olcott lunar crater
  • Martha Brill Olcott (b. 1949), leading U.S. expert on Central Asian and the Caspian
  • J Van Vechten Olcott (1856-1940), U.S. Representative from New York
  • Frederic P. Olcott (1841-1909), American banker and politician
  • Chancellor Olcott (1858-1932), American stage actor and songwriter
  • Chauncey Olcott (1860-1932), American composer
  • Simeon Olcott (1735-1815), United States Senator
  • Sidney Olcott (1873-1949), Canadian film producer, director, actor and screenwriter
  • Henry Steel Olcott (1832-1907), founder and first president of the Theosophical Society
  • Ben W. Olcott (1872-1952), 16th Governor of Oregon

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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