The founding heritage of the Botekyn family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Botekyn comes from when one of the family worked as a maker or seller of knives. The surname Botekyn comes from the Old English word bodkin,
which is also spelled bodekin,
and refers to a short, pointed weapon or dagger.
Early Origins of the Botekyn family
The surname Botekyn was first found in Kent
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Botekyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Botekyn 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 Botekyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Botekyn Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Botekyn has been spelled many different ways, including Badkin, Bodkin, Bodekin, Badekin, Bodekyn, Badekyn, Batekyn, Bodychen, Battkin and many more.
Early Notables of the Botekyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Botekyn family to Ireland
Some of the Botekyn 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Botekyn family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Botekyns to arrive in North America: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.
The Botekyn Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Crom for ever.