This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has two possible sources. Firstly, it is habitational, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "(e)auld" meaning old, and "cot", a shelter or cottage; hence, "dweller in an old cottage". It may also be a variant of Alcock, coming from a diminutive of various male personal names beginning with "Al", such as Alan, Albert and Alexander, with the popular medieval suffix "-cock", used here as a nickname from the bird. The application of the nickname could be for various reasons, it was often used for a young lad who strutted proudly like a cock, and soon became a generic name for young men. It may also have applied to a natural leader, or an early riser, or even a lusty or aggressive individual. The recording of John Alkot in the Assize Court Rolls of Cheshire, dated 1290, may have been a misreading of Alkoc. In the modern idiom the name is found as Alcott, Allcott, Allcoat, Aucott and Aucutt. Recordings from Bedfordshire Church Registers include: the christening of Ann, daughter of Samuel and Mary Aucutt, on July 21st 1774, in Biggleswade, and the christening of their other daughter, Sarah, on July 5th 1778, in the same place. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Philip de Allecote, which was dated 1255, in the "Hundred Rolls of Shropshire", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. 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.

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  • Alcott — is a surname and may refer to:*Amos Bronson Alcott (1799 1888), American educator and writer *Abigail May Alcott Nieriker (1840 1879), American artist and sister of Louisa May *Chemmy Alcott, British alpine skier *Louisa May Alcott (1832 1888),… …   Wikipedia

  • Alcott — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Amos Bronson Alcott (1799–1888), US amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Pädagoge Chemmy Alcott (* 1982), britische Skirennläuferin John Alcott (1930–1986), britischer Kameramann Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Alcott — Alcott, Amos Bronson Alcott, Louise May …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Alcott —   [ ɔːlkət], Louisa May, amerikanische Schriftstellerin, * Germantown (heute zu Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 29. 11. 1832, ✝ Boston (Massachusetts) 6. 3. 1888; Tochter des Pädagogen und Philosophen Amos Bronson Alcott (* 1799, ✝ 1888); lebte und… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Alcott — Alcott, 1) Amos Bronson, amerikan. Schriftsteller, geb. 1799 in Wolcott (Connecticut), gest. 1888 in Boston, war Lehrer, Literat und Philosoph und galt lange als Haupt der Transzendentalistengruppe von Concord, an deren Organ »The Dial« er… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Alcott — Alcott, Louisa May, nordamerik. Jugendschriftstellerin, geb. 29. Nov. 1833 zu Germantown bei Philadelphia, gest. 6. März 1888 zu Concord bei Boston; von ihren zahlreichen Kinderschriften am bekanntesten »Little women« (1868; deutsch, 2. Aufl.… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Alcott — Ce nom anglais est en principe un toponyme désignant une vieille ferme, un vieux domaine (ancien anglais ald + cott). Certains exemples montrent cependant qu il s agit parfois d une déformation du nom Alcock (Al = Alan, Allen + cock = coq), en… …   Noms de famille

  • Alcott — [ôl′kət] 1. (Amos) Bronson [brän′sən] 1799 1888; U.S. philosopher and educational reformer 2. Louisa May 1832 88; U.S. novelist: daughter of (Amos) Bronson …   English World dictionary

  • Alcott — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Alcott est un nom d’origine anglo américain, et d étymologie incertaine. Il est plus ou moins à rattacher des noms Ascot, etc., voire Scott, … Ainsi,… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Alcott — n. family name; male first name; Amos Bronson Alcott (1799 1888), United States teacher and writer who was an advocate of transcendentalism and declared that learning should be based on pleasure and imagination and not on discipline; Louisa May… …   English contemporary dictionary

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