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

Today's generation of the Talbott family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Germanic personal name Talabert, meaning bright valley.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Talbot, Talbott, Talbut, Talbart, Talbert and many more.

First found in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire. "This great historical family is traced to the Conquest, Richard Talbot, living at that period, being the first recorded ancestor. " [1] In Normandy, their place of origin, the name was originally listed as D'Eu, a baronial name. [2] William Talebot "came to England 1066, and had 1. Richard; 2. Geoffrey, ancestor of Lord Talbot of Malahide. Richard in 1086 held in Bedford from Walter Giffard, Baron of Boldec. " [2] [3]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Talbott research. Another 301 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1384, 1453, 1417, 1460, 1456, 1458, 1457, 1630, 1714, 1623, 1667, 1642, 1702, 1659, 1668, 1660, 1718, 1710, 1715 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Talbott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 319 words(23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Talbott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Talbott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Talbott or a variant listed above:

Talbott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • George, Thomas, and William Talbott settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Talbott, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Peter Talbott, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • William Talbott, who landed in Maryland in 1646
  • Hercules Talbott settled in Virginia in 1654


Talbott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Catherine Talbott, who landed in Virginia in 1722

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  • Strobe Talbott (b. 1946), American journalist and diplomat
  • Michael Talbott (b. 1955), American film and television actor
  • Leander Talbott (1887-1954), American Olympic track and field athlete
  • Joshua Frederick Cockey Talbott (1843-1918), American politician from Maryland
  • Harold E. Talbott (1888-1957), American Secretary of the Air Force 1953 to 1955
  • Gloria Talbott (1931-2000), American film and television actress
  • Carlos Talbott (b. 1920), American Air Force officer, recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross
  • Albert G. Talbott (1808-1887), American politician, United States Representative from Kentucky
  • Nathan Talbott (b. 1984), English professional football player


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Prest d'accomplir
Motto Translation: Ready to accomplish.

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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.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Talbott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Talbott 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.

This page was last modified on 2 July 2015 at 13:30.

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