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Where did the English Potter family come from? What is the English Potter family crest and coat of arms? When did the Potter family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Potter family history?The name Potter arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a maker of clay or metal storage vessels which was in turn derived from the Latin word potus, meaning to drink.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Potter, Pottar, Poter and others.
First found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Potter research. Another 311 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1557, 1592, 1664, 1594, 1678, 1614, 1661, 1674 and 1747 are included under the topic Early Potter History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 137 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Potter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Potter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Potter or a variant listed above:
Potter Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Potter Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Potter Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Potter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Potter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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