Origin of the Name Walcott
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Walcott
include Walcot, Walcoke, Wolcott, Wolcot, Wallcott and Wallcoke. This name is usually of Anglo-Norman origin and was introduced into England with the William The Conqueror invasion in the year 1066. Walcott is usually of locational origin and is taken from several places so-called including those in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, and Wiltshire. This name may be derived of the parts 'walh' describing a person of Welsh origin and 'cot' meaning a house or dwelling. The de Walcott family were Lords of the Manor of Walcott in Norfolk from the latter part of the twelfth century until the late fourteenth century. Over the centuries names were changed according to how they sounded and were pronounced with the same name often being both spelled and pronounced differently in neighbouring towns and cities. In Ireland this name, and its variants, are usually of immigrant origin having been introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century.
The Walcott coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Walcott descendants.