Walcott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Walcott was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Walcott family lived in Shropshire, at the village of Walcot. a parish, in the union of Bath, partly within the city of Bath, and partly in the hundred of Bath-Forum, E. division of Somerset. [1] There are three places named Walcott in Britain, specifically in Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Worcestershire.

Early Origins of the Walcott family

The surname Walcott was first found in Shropshire, at Walcot, a small village which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 and literally means "cottage(s) of the Britons." [2] "The name is derived from Walcot in the parish of Lydbury, which was held under the Bishop of Hereford by Roger de Walcot in 1255. He was the ancestor of the present family." [3]

Early History of the Walcott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walcott research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1255, 1066, 1402, 1586, 1650, 1629, 1685, 1586, 1650, 1625 and 1631 are included under the topic Early Walcott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Walcott Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Walcott are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Walcott include Walcot, Walcoke, Wallcott, Wallcot, Walcott and others.

Early Notables of the Walcott family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Roger Walcot of Lydbury; Humphrey Walcot (1586-1650); and his son, Sir Thomas Walcot SL (1629-1685), a British judge and politician. He was "the scion of an ancient Shropshire family, was the second son of Humphrey Walcot (1586-1650), who...
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walcott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Walcott migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Walcott, or a variant listed above:

Walcott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Walcott, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1636 [4]
  • Capt. Jonathon Walcott, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1645
Walcott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Walcott, who landed in Jamaica in 1769 [4]
Walcott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Walcott, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1825

New Zealand Walcott migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Walcott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Emma Walcott, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lincoln" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 19th July 1867 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Walcott (post 1700) +

  • Derek Walcott OCC (1930-2017), West Indian poet, won the Nobel Prize in literature 1992 and the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2011
  • Gregory Walcott (1928-2015), born Bernard Mattox, an American television and film actor, best known for his role in the 1994 film Ed Wood and the cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space from 1959
  • Charles Doolittle Walcott (1850-1927), eminent American invertebrate paleontologist
  • Roger Walcott, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1956 [6]
  • Nathaniel A. Walcott, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1936 [6]
  • John B. Walcott, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1864 [6]
  • Frederic Collin Walcott (1869-1949), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate, 1925-27; U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1929-35; Defeated, 1934 [6]
  • Erwin H. Walcott, American politician, Honorary Consul for Japan in Boston, Massachusetts, 1908 [6]
  • Mackenzie Edward Charles Walcott (1821-1880), English ecclesiologist, born at Walcot, Bath, on 15 Dec. 1821, the only son of Admiral John Edward Walcott (1790–1868), M.P. for Christchurch in the four parliaments from 1859 to 1868
  • Clyde Walcott (b. 1926), West Indian cricket player


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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