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The Willcott 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)


Willcott Early Origins



The surname Willcott 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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Willcott Spelling Variations


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Willcott 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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Willcott Early History


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Willcott Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willcott research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1139, 1187 and 1556 are included under the topic Early Willcott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Willcott Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Willcott Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Willcott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Willcott, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

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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)

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. 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).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Willcott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willcott 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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