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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.

Early Origins of the Southgate family

The surname Southgate was first found in Devon where they were Lords of the Manor of Southcote anciently seated in that shire. "Southcote, an estate in the parish [of Winkleigh], appears to have given name to the Southcote family." 1

Early History of the Southgate family

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Southgate Spelling Variations

Southgate has been spelled many different ways. 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. Spelling variants included: Southcote, Sothcotte, Southcott, Sothcott, Southcod, Southcodt, Soutcott and many more.

Early Notables of the Southgate family

Notables of the family at this time include John Soputcote (1511-1585), an English judge, second son of William Southcote, by his wife, Alice Tregonnell, grandson of Nicholas Southcote of Chudleigh, Devonshire. "He was a member of the Middle Temple, where he was autumn reader in 1556...
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United States Southgate migration to the United States +

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 2
  • Steward Southgate, who arrived in New England in 1718 2
Southgate Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Southgate, who landed in America in 1803 2

Canada Southgate migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Southgate Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Southgate, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Southgate migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Southgate Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Southgate, English convict who was convicted in Ipswich, Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales 3
  • William Southgate, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849 4

New Zealand Southgate migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Southgate Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J Southgate, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Southgate (post 1700) +

  • 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 5
  • Mr. Gareth Southgate O.B.E. (b. 1970), born in Watford, England, English football Manager for England Football Team, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Football 6
  • Richard Southgate (1729-1795), English numismatist, born at Alwalton, Huntingdonshire, a few miles from Peterborough, the eldest of ten children of William Southgate (d. February 1771), a farmer in that parish
  • Henry Southgate (1818-1888), English anthologist, a native of London who entered his father's business, and from 1840 to 1866 carried on his practice as an auctioneer of prints and engravings at 22 Fleet Street
  • Gareth Southgate (b. 1970), English former footballer and current football manager
  • 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
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Thomas E Southgate (b. 1922), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Mendlesham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking 7
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Thomas Harry Southgate, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking 8
  • Mr. Southgate, British Canteen, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking 8

  1. Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  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)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from
  6. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  7. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from
  8. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook