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, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. As a surname, it would have been first used by someone who came from Westcott.
Early Origins of the Westcotes family
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]
"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]
Early History of the Westcotes family
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Westcotes Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Westcote, Westcot, Westcott, Westecott, Westacott and others.
Early Notables of the Westcotes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Westcotes 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 in 1771.
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