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Botkin is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a maker or seller of knives. The surname Botkin comes from the Old English word bodkin, which is also spelled bodekin, and refers to a short, pointed weapon or dagger.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Botkin include Badkin, Bodkin, Bodekin, Badekin, Bodekyn, Badekyn, Batekyn, Bodychen, Battkin and many more.

First found in Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Botkin research. Another 415 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1297, 1312, 1331, 1349, 1369, 1623, 1752, 1779, 1572, 1523, 1518, 1519, 1610, 1611, 1639, 1640 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Botkin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Botkin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Botkin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.

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  • Theodosius Botkin (1846-1918), American politician, U.S. Consul in Campbellton, 1907-18
  • Perry Lafayette Botkin Sr. (1907-1973), American Republican politician, Honored guest, Republican National Convention, 1956
  • Mary L. Botkin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Oregon, 2004
  • Jeremiah Dunham Botkin (1849-1921), American politician, Representative from Kansas at-large, 1897-99; Defeated, 1894
  • J. T. Botkin, American Republican politician, Secretary of State of Kansas, 1915-19
  • C. J. Botkin, American politician, Mayor of Charleston, West Virginia, 1878-80
  • Alexander Campbell Botkin (1842-1905), American Republican politician, Candidate for Delegate to U.S. Congress from Montana Territory, 1882; Lieutenant Governor of Montana, 1893-97; Candidate for Governor of Montana, 1896
  • Alexander Botkin (1801-1857), American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 9th District, 1849-50; Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Dane County, 1852


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