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Southcott Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Southcott blazon are the coot and chevron engrailed. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and sable.

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).3

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 4. 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 5. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 6.

The coot, also known as the baldcoot and moorhen is a water fowl, common both in Europe and in its coats of arms. 7 It is drawn in realistic fashion and may be beaked and legged of a different colour.

The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries, being in the form of an inverted ‘v’ shape 8. It is a popular feature, visually very striking and hence developed to have various decorative edges applied to distinguish otherwise identical coats of arms. The edge pattern engrailed is a series of scalloped indentations with the points facing outwards – and should not be confused with invected, which has the points facing inwards! Wade believes that both of these indented forms represent “earth or land”, and one perhaps can indeed see the furrowed earth embodied in them.

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

Southcott Origin:


Origins of Southcott:

This particular name is of English locational or geographical origin. The source for the new surname, which can appear as "Southcott" or "Sothcott" can be any of the places so called, for example "Southcott and Southcot" in Devonshire and in Cornwall and "Southcot" in Berkshire near Reading. The latter first noted in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Sudcote". All the place names share a similar origin and meaning which is "the southern cottage", acquired from the Old English pre 7th Century "sudth," which means south and "cot," which means cottage sometimes also "shelter for animals" especially for sheep. As a geographical surname, "Southcott" means "dweller at the southern cottage." One "Richard Southcott" of Devonshire noted on the Record of the University of Oxfordshire in 1586.


More common variations are: Southcotte, Sothcott, Southcot, Southcott, Southcote, Southcoat, Southcutt, Southcoate, SOuthqat


The surname Southcott first appeared in Devon where they were Kings of the Palace of Southcote anciently seated in that shire.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Geoffrey de Suthcot , dated about 1229, in the "Kent Curia Rols". It was during the time of King Henry III who was known to be the “The Frenchman", dated 1216 - 1272. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling variations of the original one.


Many of the people with surname Southcott had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Southcott landed in the United States in 19th century. Some of the people with the name Southcott who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Frederick Southcott arrived in Philadelphia in 1855. George Southcott arrived in Philadelphia in 1869.


People with the surname Southcott settled in Canada in 19th century. Some of the people with the surname Southcott who came to Canada in the 19th century included James Southcott, who was a soldier who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1813.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Southcott: England 742; United States 281; Australia 204; Canada 203; Germany 168; Wales 45; Scotland 33; New Zealand 9; Spain 8; Denmark 2.

Notable People:

Andrew John Southcott was born in October 1967. He is an Australian political leader and medical practitioner. He was the Liberal member for the House of Representatives seat of Boothby from the 1996 election until he stood down at the 2016 election.

The Rev Ernest William Southcott (1915–1976) was an important Anglican bishop and writer in the 20th century. He was born in May 1915 and got an early education at the University of British Columbia. Appointed in 1938, after a time of study at the College of the Restoration, Mirfield, he started his work with curacies at St John’s, Shildon and St James’s, Gateshead. He was Minister of St Wilfrid’s, Halton, Leeds, where he established the House Parish movement, and then Rural administrator of Whitkirk.

Heather Southcott (November 1928–November 2014) was an Australian leader, representing the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Mitcham (now Waite) for the Australian Democrats.

Jerri Southcott is a Canadian actress.

Joanna Southcott (1750–1814), was an English self-proclaimed religious sorceress.

Ronald Vernon Southcott (1918-1998), was an Australian medical biologist.

Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Southcott, co. Devon; Nevill Southcott, Eaq., of Southcott, aged 27, 1620, aon of Philip Southcott, grandson of John Southcott, and great-grandson of John Southcott, all of Southcott. Visit. Devon, 1620). (Bovey, Shillingford, Calverley, Calwoodlcy, Kilmarton, and Mohuns Ottery, co. Devon; all branches of Southcott, of Southcott. Visit. Devon, 1620). Ar. a chev. engr. gu. betw. three coots sa.
2) (Blighborough, co. Lincoln, bart., extinct 1691; Sir George Southcott was so created 1662, his son d. unm.). Ar. a chev. gu. betw. three coots sa. Crest—A star rising from a cloud ppr.

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  • 1 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 2 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
  • 3 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
  • 4 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
  • 5 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 6 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Coot
  • 8 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Chevron