The Westcote surname is thought to pre-date the Norman invasion
of Great Britain. It is derived from the Old English words "West" and "cot," together meaning "west cottage or shelter." The name was used by several different parishes and hamlets in counties Gloucestershire
and Berkshire. As a surname, it would have been first used by someone who came from Westcott.
Early Origins of the Westcote family
The surname Westcote was first found in Devon
where the first recorded instance of the name seems to be of Westcote, in the Domesday Book
of 1086. Other early references include Tubertus de Westcotta, listed in the Pipe Rolls
for Berkshire in 1170, and Robert de Westecote listed in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire
in 1221. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Ricardus de Westkote in Buckinghamshire, Nicholas de Westcote in Oxfordshire, and William de Westcote in Somerset. Kirby's Quest taken during the reign of Edward III lists Richard de Wescote in Somerset. CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
"The Westcotts are now established in the North Molton district. Westcote was the name of an old gentle family of Shobrook that dated back to the reign of Henry VIII. The Westacotts are at home in Barnstaple and its vicinity. Martin Westacot was a Barnstaple man in the reign of Anne. Westacott is the name of hamlets in North Devon. There are also hamlets named Westcott in the county. In fact, Westcott and Westcote are common place - names in the south of England. Wescott is the Somerset form of the surname." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Early History of the Westcote family
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Westcote Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Westcote, Westcot, Westcott, Westecott, Westacott and others.
Early Notables of the Westcote family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Westcote family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Westcott, who was a shoreman of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1774; Daniel Westcoat, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766; Peter and Sarah Westcoate, who settled in New England
Contemporary Notables of the name Westcote (post 1700)
- Westcote R. Lyttleton (1877-1956), New Zealand Works Director of Triplex Safety Glass, London who first introduced laminated safety glass for use in goggles in about 1912, eponym of Mount Lyttleton, Antarctica