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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


The name Botkin has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was 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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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. Botkin has been spelled many different ways, including 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 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 Botkins to arrive in North America: 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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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: Crom-a-Boo
Motto Translation: Crom for ever.

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The Botkin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Botkin 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 12:26.

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