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The Willcote surname is a habitational name derived from Wilcott in Shropshire, Wilcote in Oxfordshire or Wilcot in Wiltshire. The latter reference date back to the Domesday Book where Edward of Salisbury held the lands which comprised of 40 acres of meadows, 20 acres of pasture, 50 acres of scrubland and a new church. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


Early Origins of the Willcote family


The surname Willcote was first found in Oxfordshire where the Bishop of Bayeux held Wilcote which comprised of 12 acres of meadow 4 furlongs of woodland and land for one and half ploughs. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands and village of Wilcote, held Wadard from the Bishop of Bayeux, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Wilcote is noted for its Manor House. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time.

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Early History of the Willcote family

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Early History of the Willcote family


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Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1139, 1187 and 1556 are included under the topic Early Willcote History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Willcote Spelling Variations

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Willcote Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Willcott, Wilcott, Wilcote, Willcote, Wylcott, Wylcote, Willcotts, Wilcotts, Willicotes, Willycotes, Willicott, Williscott and many more.

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Early Notables of the Willcote family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Willcote family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Willcote family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Willcote family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Samuell Wilcott, a servant sent from Bristol to American in 1660; and H. D. Wilcott, who came to San Francisco in 1851.

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  1. ^ 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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