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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] 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.

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Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitecotton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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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  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. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  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. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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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