Show ContentsTalcot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Talcot arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Talcot family lived as a "dweller in front of, or opposite, the cottage, or in the cottage in the dale." [1]

Early Origins of the Talcot family

The surname Talcot was first found in Lancashire at Tulket(h), on the Ribble near Preston. [2] Tulketh Priory was a priory in Ashton-on-Ribble, Lancashire. The priory was the home of a group of Cistercian monks from Savigny Abbey in Normandy until they moved to Furness Abbey in 1127. Tulketh Hall was later built on the site of the priory.

Alternatively the name could have originated at Holecote, Ullcote, Northamptonshire where "Philip de Ulecot and Hugh de Bailiol, in 1216, sided with King John against his brother Richard." [2]

A very rare name that is predominately found in the United States today, people with the name "Talkatt, Tallcot, Taylcote, Taylcott, were living at Braintree, Essex, in 1623. [2]

Sebastian Visscher Talcott (1812-?) wrote a book entitled "Talcott pedigree in England and America from 1558 to 1876." published in 1876 and is currently held by the Library of Congress CS71.T142.) John Phythian Tylecote wrote a book "How American Talcott and English Tylecote & Tylcoat families are the same" in 1998.

Early History of the Talcot family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Talcot research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1083, 1510, 1600, 1669, 1693, 1704, 1724 and 1741 are included under the topic Early Talcot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Talcot Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Talcott, Talcot, Tallcott, Tallcot and others.

Early Notables of the Talcot family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Lieutenant-Colonel John Wakeman Talcott

Migration of the Talcot family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Talcot or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.


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