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

The Gotham surname was a habitational name, from Gotham in Nottinghamshire, which was in turn derived from the Old English "gat," or "goat," and "ham," meaning "homestead."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gotham, Gottam, Gottem, Gothame and others.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1291 when Stephen de Gotham held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gotham research. Another 278 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1381, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Gotham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gotham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gotham Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Gotham, who settled in Virginia in 1688

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  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Gotham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gotham 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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