Talcott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Talcott reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Talcott family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Talcott family lived as a "dweller in front of, or opposite, the cottage, or in the cottage in the dale." [1]

Early Origins of the Talcott family

The surname Talcott 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 Talcott family

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

Talcott Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Talcott, Talcot, Tallcott, Tallcot and others.

Early Notables of the Talcott family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Lieutenant-Colonel John Wakeman Talcott; and his son, Joseph Talcott (1669-1741), American politician, the 27th Governor of the Connecticut Colony from 1724 until his death in 1741. Joseph...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Talcott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Talcott migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Talcott name or one of its variants:

Talcott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Talcott, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632 [3]
  • Samuel Talcott, who landed in New England in 1658 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Talcott (post 1700) +

  • Gigi Talcott (b. 1944), American politician who served in the Washington House of Representatives from the 28th district from 1993 to 2007
  • Carolyn Talcott (b. 1941), American computer scientist known for work in formal reasoning, especially as it relates to computers, cryptanalysis and systems biology
  • Lucy Talcott (1899-1970), American archaeologist who worked on the excavations at the Ancient Agora of Athens for over twenty years
  • Allen Butler Talcott (1867-1908), American landscape painter from Hartford, Connecticut
  • Capt. Talcott, American civil engineer with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway who was in charge of building the Big Bend Tunnel, eponym of Talcott, West Virginia
  • Burt Lacklen Talcott (1920-2016), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 16th district (1975-1977)
  • Enoch B. Talcott (1811-1868), American lawyer and politician, Member of the New York State Senate (1845–1847)
  • Samuel Austin Talcott (1789-1836), American lawyer and politician, New York State Attorney General from 1821 to 1829
  • Leroy Everett "Roy" Talcott (1920-1999), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Boston Braves in 1943
  • Dudley Vaill Talcott (1899-1986), American sculptor, author and illustrator from Hartford, Connecticut
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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.
  3. ^ 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)


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