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The surname Whitecotton 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Of this latter branch, John Wichcote of Harpswell was High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1466.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitecotton research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1609, 1683, 1614, 1677, 1643, 1721, 1675, 1692 and 1775 are included under the topic Early Whitecotton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include Benjamin Whichcote (1609-1683), philosopher and theologian, born in Stoke, Shropshire, England regarded as the spiritual founder of the "Cambridge Platonists"; Sir Jeremy Whichcote, 1st Baronet ( c. 1614-1677), who received his baronetcy as...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitecotton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitecotton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jeannie Whitecotton, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Lily B. Whitecotton, aged 47, who emigrated to America, in 1914
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  • Joseph W. Whitecotton (b. 1937), American academic anthropologist and ethnohistorian
  • W. E. Whitecotton (b. 1866), American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Monroe County, 1919-34
  • James H. Whitecotton (b. 1855), American Democrat politician, Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney, 1889-93; Speaker of the Missouri State House of Representatives, 1901-04; Member of Missouri State Senate 13th District, 1921-32
  • Howard Whitecotton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1964
  • Ethel Jean Whitecotton, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945
  • Dustin Whitecotton (b. 1979), Canadian professional ice hockey player from Cherryville, British Columbia
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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.

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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Whitecotton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitecotton 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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