Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Sowthcotte is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the tithing of Southcote in the county of Devon
. The surname was originally derived from the Old English words sud
which meant south
which meant cottage.
Early Origins of the Sowthcotte family
The surname Sowthcotte was first found in Devon
where they were Lords of the Manor of Southcote anciently seated in that shire.
Early History of the Sowthcotte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sowthcotte 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 Sowthcotte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sowthcotte Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sowthcotte has been spelled many different ways, including Southcote, Sothcotte, Southcott, Sothcott, Southcod, Southcodt, Soutcott and many more.
Early Notables of the Sowthcotte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sowthcotte family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sowthcottes to arrive in North America: James Southcott, a soldier who settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1813; Richard and Thomas Southcote settled in Nantasket, Massachusetts in 1630; Frederick Southcott arrived in Philadelphia in 1855.