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About the study
This is a study of the Darracott family that originated in north Devon, England. Over the past 30 years I have collected a massive amount of data that has enabled me to inter-relate most of the Darracotts worldwide.
The study is particularly concerned with the name Darracott and its bearers who can be shown to have originated in north Devon. The name occasionally crops up as Daracott, Darracot, Daracot, Darricot, Darrycott etc, and less rarely as Derracott. These are really just spelling variants which have crept in along the way. The study is not concerned with the large family of Dorricotts and Derricotts who can be shown to have originated in the west midlands area of England, e.g. Staffordshire and Shropshire. The name probably has the same origin, but I beliive there is no genetic relationship.
The name Darracott derives from Dodecote - a Saxon name - and is locative, i.e. named after a place. There are a number of small hamlets in north devon with the name Darracott. (More on this later).
The name Darracott is very rare as names go. For instance, in the 1881 UK Census there were only about 60 instances recorded. (More on this later).
Distribution of the name
Numerically, the name is today most prolific in the USA. one John Darracott, a mariner from north Devon, settled in Virginia in the early 1700's and the rest is history, as they say. The second major groups is in the UK, with significant groups in Australia and New Zealand. All together I estimate there to be less that 4-500 living Darracotts (and their mispelt variants).
I have collected data on all Darracotts from Civil Registration BMD Indexes; British censuses; some US censuses; Royal Navy records; the IGI; various Vital Records collections; all Darracott PCC wills; and many other less common sources.
I have registered a DNA project with FamilyTreeDNA. As yet there are no data samples. The aim will be to (hopefully) demonstrate that the four or five major family groups that I have identified are genetically related.