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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

(Honiton, co. Devon). Ar. a double-headed eagle displ sa. Crest—A talbot's head couped.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Lott Coat of Arms and Family Crest


The name Lott has derived from one of three sources. The first version of the name or any variation of its spelling came to Britain by way of France. French soldiers returning from the Crusades in the Holy Lands imported the Hebrew given name “Lot” upon their return. The name “Lot” translation from Hebrew to English means “veil”. The given name “Lot” first appears in The Torah and The Bible.

The second source of origin for Lott or its variations in spelling may be a stylized version of the name indicating ownership of property of land derived from before the 7th century Old English word “hlot”. “Hlot” translates to a section or share. The third original likely source is the name Lott of any variation of its spelling is thought to be derived from the southern region in Scotland called Lothian. Various spellings include but are not necessarily limited to Lott, Lote, Lotte, Loth and Lots. The name “Lot” has also been used as the suffix to additional surnames such as; Allot, Amelot, Emelot, and Elliot.

The Lott family name has survived some of the most turbulent time periods of English history, The Norman conquest, crusades, the civil war surrounding the signing of the Magna Carta, the dynastic struggles of the War of the Roses, the religious wars of Protestant vs. Catholic, and then the migration period to the new English and later British colonies scattered around the globe.-It should be noted Lott or its variations is a Jewish surname which was used to help assimilate Jewish families into an English language culture.

The earliest appearance of a variation of the name Lott can be found in public records from county Kent. In 1162, Alwin Loth's name appears in the Kent Pipe Rolls. Covering a period of over 700 years, the Pipe Rolls are the oldest consecutive documents detailing English governance. From Kent, the name spread to other regions of Britain.

William Lot of Suffolk, can be found listed in the Hundred Rolls. The Hundred Rolls was a census of landowners requested by King Edward I upon his return from one of the Crusade campaigns in 1274. Further public records show in 1296, Richard Lote is listed in the Sussex Subsidy Tax rolls.

Because of the popularity of the Lott surname it makes many appearances throughout the medieval period. Most Lott family members became solid subjects of the English landed middle class. Well-to-do farmers, publicans and merchants. Henry Baines Lott MP (A Member of Parliament) for Honiton, Devonshire, in 1811 purchased the historical Tracey Estate, also in Devonshire. By 1847 the Lott Family had lost their fortune and were forced to sell the estate.

In the American Colonies, there is a strong presence from the Lott Family. One of the earliest records reveal a Captain Henry Lott of Bucks County, Pennsylvania commanding a company of volunteers to fight in the French and Indian war in 1755. The Lott family has maintained its strong ties to Pennsylvania. Margaret Bache, the great, great granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin, married Samuel Lott Sr. in June 4th 1822 in Philadelphia.

In South Carolina William Lott, enlisted in the 1st regiment of Infantry, in 1776. In Georgia there is a record of John Lott Sr, being made a Lieutenant in the 2nd Regiment Augusta Division in 1767, with service records through the early portion of the Revolutionary War.

The immigration to America started in the late 17th century primarily in the New York and Pennsylvania and Virginia colonies. From these locations a large segment of Lot/Lott descendants moved westward with the westward expansion of America. Ever in the forefront the Lott family helped to pave the way for others and they helped to shape a new country's destiny.

Places historically associated with Lott:

Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Devonshire, Midlothian region of Scotland, House of Parliament, London, They have immigrated to America heavily in the 17th and 18th centuries. They have also made the long passage to Australia, and New Zealand, and South Africa.

Lott Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Lott blazon are the double-headed eagle and talbot. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and sable.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 1. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2.

Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 3. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 4. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 5.

Where the lion is undisputed king of the animals, the eagle undoubtedly plays the same role in the realm of the birds, its use in this form dating back to at least the Roman period 6. They tend to be illustrated in quite some detail, especially in continental European arms, and have almost as wide variety of postures and accessories as the lion, well illustrated in the reference 7 as well as being just the eagle’s head or eagle’s leg. The symbology of the eagle is deep and complex, Wade devotes several pages to the subject 8, but suffice it say that it has long been associated with Empire and those held in high honour – any armiger would be pleased to have any form of Eagle upon their arms!The Double-headed eagle is a variant often seen in Germanic heraldry.

Many breeds of dog appear in coats of arms, reflecting their status as man’s closet companion. The talbot is a hunting dog akin to a terrier, and usually illustrated in a lifelike style and eager pose. 9 In common with the other heraldic dogs, Wade suggests that their presence should suggest “courage, vigilance and loyal fidelity”. 10 Others might say we need look no further than a pleasure in the hunt and the affection for this sturdy breed.

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  • 1 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 3 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
  • 4 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 5 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
  • 6 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle
  • 7 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238
  • 8 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74
  • 9 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Dog
  • 10 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P68