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Where did the English Wotton family come from? What is the English Wotton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wotton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wotton family history?The ancestors of the name Wotton date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Wotton family lived in the county of Kent. Their name, however, is derived from the Old English words wudu, meaning wood, and tun, meaning enclosure or settlement, and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived in a town by a wood.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Wotton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wotton include: Wooton, Wootton, Wootten, Wooten and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wotton research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1682 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Wotton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wotton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wotton or a variant listed above:
Wotton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Wotton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Wotton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wotton 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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