The ancestors of the Wollcot family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. 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 Wollcot family
The surname Wollcot 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 Wollcot family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wollcot research.Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1255, 1066, 1402, 1586, 1650, 1629 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Wollcot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wollcot Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wollcot were recorded, including Walcot, Walcoke, Wallcott, Wallcot, Walcott and others.
Early Notables of the Wollcot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wollcot family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Wollcot arrived in North America very early: 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.