Tapscot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Tapscot is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Tapscot family lived as a "dweller in front of, or opposite, the cottage, or in the cottage in the dale." [1]

Early Origins of the Tapscot family

The surname Tapscot 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 Tapscot family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tapscot 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 Tapscot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tapscot Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Tapscot include Talcott, Talcot, Tallcott, Tallcot and others.

Early Notables of the Tapscot 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...
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Migration of the Tapscot family

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Tapscots to arrive on North American shores: 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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