Show ContentsBothamley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Bothamley family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Bothamley comes from when the family lived in or around the settlement of Bottomley, which was located near Halifax, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. [1]

Early Origins of the Bothamley family

The surname Bothamley was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The first record of the family was Hanne de Bothemley who was here in 1277. [1]

Later, Johannes de Bodhomlay, from Barkisland, near Bottomley was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 and much later, Margaret Bothomley, of Deane, Lancashire was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1589. [2]

Early History of the Bothamley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bothamley research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1277, 1379, 1589, 1786, 1807, 1820 and 1816 are included under the topic Early Bothamley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bothamley Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bothamley has appeared include Bottomley, Botomley, Bottomly, Bottomlee, Bottomleigh, Botomley, Bottamly, Bottomlie, Bottomlay, Bottomlee, Bottomlea, Bottemley, Bottonlay, Boddomley, Boddonley, Bottonleigh, Bottamley, Bottamlie, Bottemlea and many more.

Early Notables of the Bothamley family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Joseph Bottomley, born at Halifax, Yorkshire, in 1786, at a very early age evinced a strong predilection for music, and so quickly profited by the instruction he received as to be able at seven years of age to perform a violin concerto in public. At twelve years of age he was removed to Manchester, where he studied under Grimshaw, organist of St. John's Church, and Watts, leader of the concerts. By the advice of the latter he took lessons...
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Migration of the Bothamley family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bothamley arrived in North America very early: Dorothy Bottomly who settled in Virginia in 1651; Jo Bottomly settled in Virginia in 1635; followed by John in 1653; J. Bottomly settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1822.

Contemporary Notables of the name Bothamley (post 1700) +

  • Hilton Bothamley, English divine, Archdeacon of Bath from 1895 to 1909
  • Grafton Francis Bothamley (1880-1956), New Zealand politician, eighth Clerk of the New Zealand House of Representatives

The Bothamley 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: Fideli Certa Merces
Motto Translation: To the faithful there is certain reward.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) on Facebook