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The Westcott 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, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. As a surname, it would have been first used by someone who came from Westcott.

Westcott Early Origins



The surname Westcott 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. [1]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. [2]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.
[3]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." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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Westcott Spelling Variations


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Westcott Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Westcote, Westcot, Westcott, Westecott, Westacott and others.

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Westcott Early History


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Westcott Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Westcott research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1524 and 1582 are included under the topic Early Westcott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Westcott Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Westcott Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Westcott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Westcott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Stukeley Westcott (15921677), English founding settler to the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations from Ilminster, Somerset in 1636

Westcott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Westcott, who arrived in America between 1760 and 1763

Westcott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Westcott, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
  • S B Westcott, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Westcott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Westcott, who was a shoreman of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1774 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Westcott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Westcott, aged 27, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Julia Westcott, aged 24, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Elizabeth Westcott, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Westcott (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Westcott (post 1700)



  • Carl Westcott (b. 1939), American businessman, founder of 1-800-Flowers
  • Paul Westcott (b. 1984), American radio host and political commentator
  • Linn Hanson Westcott (1913-1980), American model railroader, editor of Model Railroader magazine
  • James Diament Westcott Jr. (1839-1887), American jurist, Florida Supreme Court Justice, Florida Attorney General
  • Gordon Westcott (1903-1935), American film actor who appeared in 37 films between 1928 and 1935
  • James Edward Westcott (b. 1922), American photographer for the U.S. government, one of the few allowed to photograph during the Manhattan Project
  • Helen Westcott (1928-1998), American stage and screen actor, best known for her role opposite Gregory Peck in the western classic The Gunfighter (1950)
  • James Diament Westcott Sr. (1802-1880), American politician, United States Senator from Florida (1845-1849)
  • Henry Westcott, American founder of Westcott, a school and office products supplier in 1872
  • Burton J. Westcott (1868-1926), American automotive businessman who built The Westcott, an automobile produced in Richmond, Indiana and Springfield, Ohio between 1909 and 1925
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Westcott Historic Events


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Westcott Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Westcott, British Petty Office Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Westcott


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Suggested Readings for the name Westcott



  • Seaboard, Lake Country, and West: A Genealogy of Certain Branches of the Families Finley-Kelley,...Wesctott (et al) by Howard J. Finley.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Westcott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Westcott Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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