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Wolcott Coat of Arms / Wolcott Family Crest

Wolcott Coat of Arms / Wolcott Family Crest

The surname of WOLCOTT and its variant Wolacott and Walcock were locational names. Of Walcott a small parish in County Lincolnshire, a hamlet in the parish of Misterton, Leicestershire and a chapelry in the parish of Billinghay County Norfolk. Surnames as we recognise them today are believed to have been introduced by the Normans after the Invasion of 1066. The first mention of such names appears in the Domesday Book and they were progressively adopted between the 11th and 15th centuries. It was the nobles and upper classes who first assumed a second name, setting them apart from the common people who continued to use only the single name given to them at birth. It was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that it became common practice to use a secondary name, originally a name reflecting the place of birth, a nickname, an occupational name or a baptismal name which had been passed on from a parent to the child, as an additional means of identification. Early records of the name mention Savaric de Walecocke, County Cornwall, during the reign of Edward I (1327- 1377). Frances Walcock was buried at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1625. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. An Oliver WOLCOTT (1726-97) was one of the signatories of the American Declaration of Independence, and was a descendant of Henry Wolcott, a clothier who had settled in Windsor, Connecticut in the year 1636.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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