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The ancient history of the Botham name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in an area with a broad valley, or a hillside. Bootham is a district near the center of the city of York, North Yorkshire. Blidworth Bottoms is a hamlet in Nottinghamshire. Angram Bottoms is a 24 acres biological Site near to the village of Angram in the Yorkshire Dales. Today Pitt Town Bottoms is a historic town and suburb of Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia.

Botham Early Origins



The surname Botham was first found in Norfolk and North Yorkshire where one of the first records of the name was Dowe de Bothemes who was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1246. A few years later, Laurence de Biouthom who was listed in 1287 and a de Bothum who was listed in the Feet of Fines of 1303. Just five years later, Richard del Botham was listed in the Court Rolls in the Manor of Wakefield in 1307.

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Botham Spelling Variations


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Botham Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Botham include Bottom, Botham, Bootham, Bodham and others.

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Botham Early History


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Botham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Botham research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Botham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Botham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Botham Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Botham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Botham or a variant listed above:

Botham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margaret Botham, who arrived in Maryland in 1670

Botham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Botham, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Isabella Botham, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • James Botham also arrived in San Francisco in 1852

Botham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Botham, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sea Queen"
  • Thomas Botham, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850
  • Sarah Botham, aged 19, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850

Botham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Botham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Mary Botham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Botham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Botham (post 1700)



  • Arthur C. Botham, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Pomfret, 1918
  • Sandy Botham, American women's basketball coach
  • Liam Botham (b. 1977), English rugby union player
  • Sir Ian Terence Botham OBE (b. 1955), English cricket player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The Botham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Botham 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.

    This page was last modified on 7 January 2016 at 12:23.

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