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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. 
Of this latter branch, John Wichcote of Harpswell was High Sheriff
Spelling variations of this family name include: Whichcote, Whichcott, Whichcot, Whitcott and others.
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
Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitecotton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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
- 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
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 droitMotto Translation:
Just and right.
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
- Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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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