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Early Origins of the Whichcord family

The surname Whichcord was first found in Shropshire where the family is descended from William de Whichcote of Whichcote in 1255.

During the reign of Edward IV, the family inherited Harpswell, Lincolnshire by marriage with the heiress of Tyrwhitt and this became the family seat for many years. [1] Of this latter branch, John Wichcote of Harpswell was High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1466.

Early History of the Whichcord family

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Whichcord Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whichcote, Whichcott, Whichcot, Whitcott and others.

Early Notables of the Whichcord family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Benjamin Whichcote (1609-1683), English philosopher and theologian, born in Stoke, Shropshire, England regarded as the spiritual founder of the "Cambridge Platonists." [2] Sir Jeremy Whichcote, 1st Baronet (c. 1614-1677), received his baronetcy as a reward for his...
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Migration of the Whichcord family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: bearers of the name, who may have settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, although we could not find any evidence of their arrival..

Contemporary Notables of the name Whichcord (post 1700) +

  • John Whichcord (1823-1885), English architect, born at Maidstone on 11 Nov. 1823, the son of John Whichcord (1790–1860), an architect who designed two churches (St. Philip and Holy Trinity) in Maidstone [3]

The Whichcord Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Juste et droit
Motto Translation: Just and right.

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019 on Facebook