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Heathcote Name Study

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Surname/tag: Heathcote
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This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the Heathcote surname (including variant spellings). The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect, to establish the links (if any) between the various branches.


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Surname Variants

Heathcoat, Heathcott, Heathcock, Ethcuit

Surname Origins

The Heathcote surname originates in England, and derives from a place name. The place called Heathcote in the Domesday Book (1086) is in South Derbyshire, and is now absorbed into the town of Swadlincote, surviving as Hearthcote Road. There is also a small hamlet called Heathcote in West Derbyshire, in the parish of Hartington. One or both of these places appears to be origin of the surname.


The separate branches present here on WikiTree are listed below. Evidence on how they are linked is still sought.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Category:Ashbourne, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of John Heathcote (abt.1736-) of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and Mayfield, Staffordshire.

Ashfield, Nottinghamshire

Category:Ashfield, Heathcote Name Study
A long established family in the Ashfield district of Nottinghamshire. A Henry Heathcote was churchwarden of Kirkby in Ashfield in 1587.


Category:Baronets, Heathcote Name Study
Originating in Brampton, Derbyshire, and rapidly climbing the social ladder, this line includes many of the most famous Heathcotes. Rev. Evelyn Dawsonne Heathcote belonged to this branch, and it is the subject of the bulk (Chapters III to VIII) of his book (see "Resources" below).


Category:Bedfordshire, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of Josiah Heathcote who died in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, in 1745.

Buxton, Derbyshire

Category:Buxton, Heathcote Name Study
A landed family originating in the Peak District, described in Chapters XI and XII of E. D. Heathcote's book (see "Resources" below).
John Heathcote of Wormhill, Derbyshire (dates uncertain: see his profile for outstanding research questions) was the ancestor of the

Lancashire Miners

Category:Lancashire Miners, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of his grandson William Heathcote, who moved from Wormhill to Worsley, Lancashire, in about 1768 to work as a coal miner; his family remained in the Little Hulton and Farnworth area for several generations.
At least two descendents emigrated to America:
  • James Heathcote left in 1882; his entire family settled in Iowa, although his own fate is unknown;
  • Ralph Heathcote left ahead of his wife and family, who followed in 1884.

Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire

Category:Chapel, Heathcote Name Study
A family of Heathcotes originating in Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, in the 18th century, but later relocating to Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, and Macclesfield and Stockport, Cheshire.

Chesterfield Bellfounders

Category:Chesterfield Bellfounders, Heathcote Name Study
A prominent family in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, in the 16th century, described in Chapter II of E. D. Heathcote's book (see "Resources" below). Ralph Heathcote 1782-1853 is the subject of a book, based on his letters to his mother, published by his granddaughter.

Countesthorpe, Leicestershire

Category:Countesthorpe, Heathcote Name Study
A family of shoemakers, descendents of Robert Heathcote or Heathcock of Countesthorpe, Leicestershire.


Category:Derby, Heathcote Name Study
A prominent family in Derby in the 17th and 18th centuries, descended from John Heathcote 1592-1657 and described in Chapter X of E. D. Heathcote's book.

Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire

Category:Earl Sterndale, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of Ralph Heathcote of Greensides, Hartington Upper Quarter, Derbyshire.

Edensor, Derbyshire

Category:Edensor, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of Solomon Heathcote, carpenter of Edensor, Derbyshire.

Flagg, Derbyshire

Category:Flagg, Heathcote Name Study
A branch recorded in the Chelmorton and Monyash parish registers from 1600 onwards.

Great Longstone, Derbyshire

Category:Great Longstone, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of Henry Heathcote of Great Longstone, Derbyshire.

Hoath Heathcote

Category:Hoath Heathcote, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of John Heathcote and Mary Hoath, married in Merstham, Surrey, in 1789.

Hognaston, Derbyshire

Category:Hognaston, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of William Heathcote, died 1758 in Hognaston.

Micklehurst, Cheshire

Category:Micklehurst, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of John Heathcote of Mottram in Longdendale. The family became established at Micklehurst, where the historic counties of Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire all met. His great-grandson William Heathcote emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1826, founding Glen Rock. The family is described in Dr Charles William Heathcote's book (see "Resources" below), although the early pedigree set out on page 8 is incorrect.

Rainow, Cheshire

Category:Rainow, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of William Heathcote who owned land in Macclesfield Forest, Cheshire, and Low Leighton and Ollersett, Derbyshire.

Sandbach, Cheshire

Category:Sandbach, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of William Heathcote, a bricklayer from Sandbach, Cheshire.

Seal, Derbyshire/Leicestershire

Category:Seal, Heathcote Name Study
A branch originating in Overseal and Netherseal on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire boundary, close to the boundaries with Warwickshire and Staffordshire.

Yoxall, Staffordshire

Category:Yoxall, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of Edward Heathcote 1799-1876.


Evelyn D. Heathcote, M.A., An Account of some of the Families Bearing the Name of Heathcote which have Descended out of the County of Derby (Winchester: Warren and Son, 1899)

Charles William Heathcote, Ph.D., The Heathcote Family 1580-1924 (Chambersburg, Pa.: Franklin Repository, 1924): available online https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/958736?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Gröben, Countess Günther, Ralph Heathcote; letters of a young diplomatist and soldier during the time of Napoleon, giving an account of the dispute between the Emperor and the Elector of Hesse (London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1907); digitised copy at https://ia800306.us.archive.org/15/items/ralphheathcotele00heatuoft/ralphheathcotele00heatuoft.pdf

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From his age at death (57), George would have been born 1787-88, but I can't find a birth record.
posted by Stephen Heathcote
I think I've found her in the 1841 census in Rainham, Kent, with parents George and Elizabeth as you say, and a brother William aged 10, all born in Kent. Reference HO107 piece 475/10 folio 34 page 2. George an agricultural labourer.
posted by Stephen Heathcote
Hi Stephen & all Heathcote searchers,

My Great-great-grandmother Mary Thatcher Heathcote 1823-1888 immigrated to Western Australia in 1842 on the 'Simon Taylor' with her husband James Moore. They married 15 September 1841 in Tong, Kent. I have not identified either in the 1841 census. After having 11 children she died in Geraldton. Several of her grandchildren had Heathcote as a given name including my grandmother Grace Heathcote Moore 1881-1947. I have not identified Mary's date of birth but her parents may have been George Heathcote 1791-1845 and Elizabeth Thatcher 1789-1858 who married 1822 in Rainham, Kent. We do not have any photos of Mary Thatcher Heathcote/Moore but the Geraldton cottage she and her husband built still stands behind their son William's home now a private hotel.

posted by Margaret Kidd