Heathcote (surname)

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Heathcote is a surname rooted in English topography which literally means "Heath Cottage".[1][2] The location in Derbyshire was first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Hedcote", and as "Hethcote" in 1244. The location in Warwickshire appears is written "Hethcot" in the 1196 Feet of Fines for the county.[3] The Anglo-Saxon surname "Heathcote" originates from a hamlet that stands high on the barren hills above Dovedale and Hartington. The place-name refers to a cottage on a heath or wasteland where was found an outlying farm or grange of Grendon Abbey. The said Grendon Abbey was founded in 1133. Some of the earliest references to the grange at Heathcote are found in records of the 1300s and 15th century.[4][page needed]

Some variations of the name are Heathcoat and Heathcott. Notable people with the surname include:

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  1. ^ Genealogy and Surnames, William Anderson, Pg. 82. 1865, Digitized by Google June 22, 2006
  2. ^ Surnames, Bernard Homer Dixon, Pg. 34. 1855, Digitized by Google
  3. ^ "Surname Database: Heathcote Last Name Origin".
  4. ^ Family Names and Family History, David Hey, 2000, Digitized by Google