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Where did the French Cottee family come from? What is the French Cottee family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cottee family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cottee family history?

The Cottee name comes from that Medieval landscape of southern France known as Languedoc. The name Cottee was originally derived from the family having lived in Languedoc, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

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French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Cottee is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Cote, Cot, Cotte, Cott, Kott, Kote, Cotée, Cotet, Cotin, Coton, Cottet, Cottin, Cotton, Cotard, Cottard, Lacotte, Cotté, Cottu, Cottarel, Cottebrune, Cotner, Cottez and many more.

First found in Languedoc, where they are recorded as one of the distinguished ancient families of that region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cottee research. Another 585 words(42 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1472, 1656, 1735, 1613, 1600, 1707, 1810, 1841, 1789, 1472, 1564, 1626, 1604, 1681, 1656 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Cottee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cottee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Cottee were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Cottee were

Cottee Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Cottee, who landed in America in 1760-1763

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The Cottee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cottee 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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