The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Wolcot family name to the British Isles. They lived in Shropshire
, at the village of Walcot.
a parish, in the union of Bath, partly within the city of Bath, and partly in the hundred
of Bath-Forum, E. division of Somerset
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
There are three places named Walcott in Britain, specifically in Lincolnshire
Early Origins of the Wolcot family
The surname Wolcot was first found in Shropshire
, at Walcot, a small village which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 and literally means "cottage(s) of the Britons." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"The name is derived from Walcot in the parish of Lydbury, which was held under the Bishop of Hereford by Roger de Walcot in 1255. He was the ancestor of the present family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Wolcot family
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Wolcot Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Walcot, Walcoke, Wallcott, Wallcot, Walcott and others.
Early Notables of the Wolcot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wolcot family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wolcot or a variant listed above: Capt. Jonathon Walcott settled in Boston, Mass in 1645; his descendent was Arthur Stuart Walcott of New York; James Walcott settled in Pennsylvania in 1825.
Contemporary Notables of the name Wolcot (post 1700)
- John Wolcot (1738-1819), English satirist