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

The Anglo-Saxon name Southgate comes from the family having resided in the tithing of Southcote in the county of Devon. The surname was originally derived from the Old English words sud which meant south and cot which meant cottage.


Southgate has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Southcote, Sothcotte, Southcott, Sothcott, Southcod, Southcodt, Soutcott and many more.

First found in Devon where they were Lords of the Manor of Southcote anciently seated in that shire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Southgate research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1345, 1563, 1563, 1662, 1560, 1620, 1622, 1664, 1661 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Southgate History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Southgate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Southgates to arrive on North American shores:

Southgate Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Southgate, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1715
  • Steward Southgate, who arrived in New England in 1718

Southgate Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Southgate, who landed in America in 1803

Southgate Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Southgate, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Southgate Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Southgate arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849

Southgate Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J Southgate landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840


  • William Wright Southgate (1800-1849), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 13th district (1837-1839)
  • Hugh McLellan Southgate (1871-1940), American philatelist, posthumously inducted into the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame in 1941
  • William Wright Southgate (1800-1849), American politician, Mayor of Covington, Kentucky, 1835-36; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 13th District, 1837-39
  • Gareth Southgate (b. 1970), English former footballer and current football manager
  • Mr. Thomas Harry Southgate, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Southgate, British Canteen, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Sir William Southgate, New Zealand conductor and composer and principal conductor of both the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Elsie Southgate (1890-1946), British child protege violinist who made her first appearance at the age of ten with the Queen's Hall Orchestra in 1905
  • Troy Southgate (b. 1965), British author and musician
  • Tony Southgate (b. 1940), British engineer and former racing car designer


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The Southgate Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Southgate 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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