Walcott Surname Genealogy
many in England. Their spellings and root meanings will differ in
different parts of the country.
Norfolk, and Walcote in Leicestershire and Warwickshire were all names
to be found in the Domesday Book; while Walcot in Shropshire appeared
as a place-name in the 12th century and Wolcot in Devon in the 13th.
- Wolcott Family. Wolcott family
Some early Walcotts did not last. The de Walcott family of
Norfolk, based on the place-name there, seems to have died out in the
Walcots of Shropshire, on the other hand, did survive into more
modern times. John Walcot of this family had been knighted on the
field of battle in France in 1380 and a later John was said – perhaps a
tall story this – to have been granted a coat of arms by beating Henry
V in a game of chess.
The Walcot’s Elizabethan home, Walcot Hall in
Shropshire, still stands; and the family history has been
recorded in the Rev. John Burton’s 1930 book, The History of the Family of
Walcotts were also to be found by the 1500’s:
- in Somerset (the village of Tolland) – where the family held the
- in Lincolnshire (the village of Walcot) – Humphrey Walcot from
here was the
Lincoln MP in the 1650’s.
- and in Buckinghamshire (the village of Shalstone) – Walcotts from
this family were later to be found in London and in Barbados.
Other Walcotts were to be found iby the 18th century in and around the
naval town of Portsmouth on the south coast. Louisa Walcot ran
the London Tavern in Portsmouth where the expression “to take the
king’s shilling” is said to have originated.
The Walcott numbers in England are not large today. The odds may
be that a Walcott is more likely to be of Caribbean immigrant origin,
such as Theo Walcott, the Arsenal and England footballer.
America. The Wolcott Society has covered early immigrants
to America in their book, Wolcott
Immigrants and Their Early Descendants.
Three early Walcott arrivals were recorded in New England:
- Henry Wolcott from Tolland
in Someret, who came with his family in 1630 and settled in Windsor,
Connecticut. Descendants were to be found in New York, Michigan,
and later in California. It is estimated that Henry’s descendants
make up 70% of all Wolcotts in America.
- John Wolcott, a relation of Henry above, who arrived in
1634. His descendants settled in Newbury and Brookfield,
Massachusetts. John Woolcot was abducted from Brookfield
in 1708. Some Wolcott descendants here ended up in Pennsylvania.
- and William Walcott, who arrived in 1640 and made his home in
Massachusetts. His family later got embroiled in the Salem
witchcraft trials, the young Mary Walcott being one of the chief
accusers. The line led later to Charles Folsom Walcott, a
Brigadier General in the Civil War, and Henry Pickering Walcott, acting
President of Harvard University in 1901.
In addition, John Wolcott, a surgeon, came to Maryland in 1649 and
Samuel Walcott, an indentured servant, to New Jersey in 1660.
Caribbean. The forebear
of the Barbados Walcotts was Eyare Walcott who came to Barbados from
London in 1659. These Walcotts became merchants and planters
there. Their numbers grew in the following century as the early marriage
records in Barbados would indicate. The family ran a
cotton plantation. the Todd estates, at Old Asylum wall.
Walcott name also evolved from the slaves there and from this source
has grown even more in numbers, Walcott as a consequence being now one
the most common surnames in Barbados.
Charles Walcott from the planter family had built his estate in the
late 1800’s near Choiseul and married a local woman. Their
grandson was Derek
Walcott, the acclaimed Trinidad
poet and playwright who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in
He was not the only accomplished or distinguished Walcott that would be
coming from Barbados. Other notable Walcotts have been:
Walcott, the world welterwight boxing champion
- Frank Walcott, the respected Barbados trade union leader
- and Clyde Walcott, the Barbados and West Indian cricketer of the
Many Walcotts from Barbados have subsequently emigrated to various
different parts of the world. There are Walcott outposts in
Canada – in
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and in Abbotsford, British Columbia
– and many Walcotts as well in England and America:
- Ernest and
Walcott, for instance, left Barbados for New York in 1906.
- while Jack
and Edna Walcott did raise fifteen children in Barbados during the
1920’s and 1930’s. But a number of them or the grandchildren
departed the island in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
New Zealand. One line
from Barbados has stretched to New Zealand. John Alexander
Walcott, an army surgeon, had been born in Barbados. His son
James Alexander immigrated first to Australia and then to New Zealand
and is the forebear of most of the Walcotts in New Zealand today.
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further stories and accounts:
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Walcott, known as the Barbados Demon, was the world welterweight
champion in the early 1900’s.
Jersey Joe Walcott, born Arnold
Cream, was a boxer from New Jersey who held the world heavyweight title
from 1951 to 1952.
Clyde Walcott was a leading
cricketer for Barbados and the West Indies in the 1950’s.
Derek Walcott is
the Caribbean poet and playwright who won the Nobel Prize for
- 3,000 in the UK (most numerous
- 4,000 in America (most numerous
in New York).
- 4,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Barbados).
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