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Updated June 9, 2019

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Old cottage

Girl name variations

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Old cottage

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : ostensibly a topographic name containing Middle English cott, cote ‘cottage’ (see Coates). In fact, however, it is generally if not always an alteration of Alcock, in part at least for euphemistic reasons.
  • Louisa May Alcott (1832–88), author of Little Women (1869), was the daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott (1799–1888), who had changed the family name from Alcox. The family trace their descent from an Alcocke family who emigrated from England to MA with John Winthrop in 1629.

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