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The Willcotts 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)


Willcotts Early Origins



The surname Willcotts 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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Willcotts Spelling Variations


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Willcotts 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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Willcotts Early History


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Willcotts Early History



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

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Willcotts Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Willcotts 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 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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Citations



  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. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  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. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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The Willcotts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willcotts 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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