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The Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Botley. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer worked as a person who was in charge of the wine cellar, from the Old French translation a bouteiller.

Early Origins of the Botley family

The surname Botley was first found in Oxfordshire, at Botley, a village in the civil parish of North Hinksey. "This parish, originally called Botleigh, comprises 1790 acres. " [1]

Early History of the Botley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Botley research. Another 244 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1296, 1379, 1500, 1661, 1663, 1642, 1696 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Botley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Botley 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 Botley include Botly, Botley, Botele, Bottelegh, Botheleheye, Botlee and many more.

Early Notables of the Botley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Botley family

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 Botley or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.

Contemporary Notables of the name Botley (post 1700) +

  • Betty Botley, American producer, known for her work on A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man(1977) and The Darwin Adventure (1972)
  • Dr Paul Botley, British English and Comparative Literary Studies professor at the University of Warwick

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook