Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Norcott, Norcutt, Norkett, Northcott, Northcutt
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mr Joe Northcote
Although this Northcote One-Name study only officially started in 2019, family tree research began by other members of my family in the late 1990s. I originally took over leading the research in my family around 2008 with the intention of proving that our family were not of the same line as other “Devon” Northcotes, and fed up of comparisons to various Northcotes in all parts of the country, having lived coincidentally near to a large road sign “Northcott” as a student, a statue of a Northcote and even worked in an area called Norcot (none of which I planned). Since then have become more interested in the wider origins of the name, the social history of family members and any other striking family coincidences...there is more to come!
The registered variants of the name are Northcott, Northcutt, Norcott, Norcutt, Norkett although there are other less frequent variants such as Northcotte, Northcotts, Northcut, Narracott and many more.
There is evidence that there is cross-over with other names at certain points in history which are likely to be surnames in their own right with separate origins. This includes
The Northcote surname is a locative one, i.e. it is derived from one or more place names. In the case of the Northcote name, there are at least six potential sources, including
These places correspond with early references to the name:
There are a number of Northcotes, and their variants, who are noteworthy in leaving a contribution to history, including:
From the index of the 1841 census produced by the Church of Latter Day Saints, there were 2,269 Northcotes and their variants recorded in that census. There were 3382 Norcotts and their variants although this includes some Norgate and Normacott names.
According to an ONS database there were only 390 Northcotes using the registered name variants as of September 2002 ranking the name as 13661 out of almost 270000 surnames.
If the registered name variants in this study are included that rises to 3136 Northcote/ Northcott/ Norcott/ Northcutt/ Norcutt/ Norkett names.
In the 1891 census the most populous counties of England were Devon (993 entries), London (380), Cornwall, (269), Staffordshire (119) Lancashire (116) and Somerset (81).
There have been various migrations to Wales and Scotland and other countries such as Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and America to name a few. One of the most detailed analyses of the American Northcote families was recorded in Northcutt and Allied Families focussing on the Southern States.
Recent historical information is currently in its early stages, with Northcote references from the England and Wales census from 1841 being the most recent in this study.
The one-name study does include numerous entries from Parish Registers in England, wills from England and a few from overseas.
All occurrences of the surname have been extracted from the following early records: The Rolls of the Pipe, The Calendars of Patent Rolls (1216-1572), The Calendars of Close Rolls (1227-1509), The Calendar of the Fine Rolls (1216-1509), The Calendars of The Devon Lay Subsidy Roll for 1332, the Devon Lay Subsidy Rolls for 1524-1527 & 1543-1545, the Devon, Cornwall & Somerset Muster Rolls for 1569, the Devon Protestation Rolls for 1641, the Devon & Cornwall Hearth Tax Returns for Lady Day 1674.
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