- This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is in most cases a locational surname deriving from one of the places called Heathcote, such as those in Derbyshire and Warwickshire. The place in Derbyshire is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Hedcote", and as "Hethcote" in 1244, while the place in Warwickshire appears as "Hethcot" in the 1196 Feet of Fines for the county. Both places share the same meaning and derivation, which is "the cottage on the heathland", from the Olde English pre 7th Century "haeth", heathland, heather, with "cot", cottage, dwelling, sometimes a shelter for animals or their keepers. The modern surname, found as Heathcote, Heathcott and Heathcoat, may also be topographical in origin, from residence by or at such a heathland cottage. Locational surnames were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace; while topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. The surname development since 1166 (see below) includes, Ralph de Hethcote (1273, Devonshire). An interesting namebearer, recorded in the "Dictionary of National Biography", was Sir Gilbert Heathcote (1651 - 1733), who led a distinguished career, as among other positions, chief founder of the New East India Company in 1693, and Lord Mayor of London in 1710 - 1711. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Godfrey de Hetcota, which was dated 1166, in the "Pipe Rolls of Derbyshire", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
Surnames reference. 2013.
Look at other dictionaries:
Heathcote — may refer to:Places;in Australia *Heathcote, New South Wales, a suburb of Sydney **Electoral district of Heathcote, a seat in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, based on the suburb *Heathcote National Park *Heathcote, Victoria;in England * … Wikipedia
Heathcote — Lage in New Jersey Basisdaten Staat … Deutsch Wikipedia
Heathcote — Heathcote, NJ U.S. Census Designated Place in New Jersey Population (2000): 4755 Housing Units (2000): 2059 Land area (2000): 2.626715 sq. miles (6.803160 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.005431 sq. miles (0.014065 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.632146 … StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places
Heathcote, NJ — U.S. Census Designated Place in New Jersey Population (2000): 4755 Housing Units (2000): 2059 Land area (2000): 2.626715 sq. miles (6.803160 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.005431 sq. miles (0.014065 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.632146 sq. miles… … StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places
Heathcote — 1 Original name in latin Heathcote Name in other language Heathcote State code AU Continent/City Australia/Sydney longitude 34.08333 latitude 151.01667 altitude 222 Population 5851 Date 2013 04 04 2 Original name in latin Heathcote Name in other… … Cities with a population over 1000 database
Heathcote — Una casa en Heathcote. Heathcote es un suburbio de Sídney, Australia situado en la comuna de Sutherland. Esta situado a 36km al sur del Centro de Sídney en el South Coast. Está conectado con el centro de Sídney con un tren. Es un suburbio de 5500 … Wikipedia Español
Heathcote — /ˈhiθkoʊt/ (say heethkoht) noun a town in central Victoria, about 40 km south east of Bendigo; gold, antimony and silver are mined in the area … Australian English dictionary
Heathcote (Victoria) — Heathcote Hauptstraße Staat … Deutsch Wikipedia
Heathcote Williams — Born John Henley Jasper Heathcote Williams 15 November 1941 (1941 11 15) (age 69) Helsby, Cheshire Occupation Poet, actor, playwright Years active 1964–present … Wikipedia
Heathcote-Nationalpark — Heathcote Nationalpark … Deutsch Wikipedia