The English surname Westcott, found principally in county Devon is of habitational origin. The name is derived from any of various minor places named with Old English west ‘west’ + cot ‘cottage’, for example Westcott in Surrey, Westcot in Berkshire, or Westcote in Gloucestershire, Hampshire, and Warwickshire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Turburtus de Westcota. This was dated 1170, in the County Pipe Rolls of Berkshire. A later record of the surname is in 1465 where Sir Thomas Westcote of Westcote in Devon and also Westcote in Worcester is recorded.
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