Bottomley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Bottomley begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in or around the settlement of Bottomley, which was located near Halifax, in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Bottomley family

The surname Bottomley was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Bottomley family

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Bottomley Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bottomley has undergone many spelling variations, including 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 Bottomley family (pre 1700)

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United States Bottomley migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bottomley were among those contributors:

Bottomley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Isaac Bottomley, who landed in America in 1799 [1]
Bottomley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Bottomley, who landed in America in 1810 [1]
  • Andrew, Isaac, James, John, Robert, Thomas and William Bottomley, all, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1813 and 1866
  • Mathew Bottomley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [1]
  • John Henry Bottomley, who landed in Arkansas in 1877 [1]

Canada Bottomley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bottomley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Bottomley, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • J Bottomley, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Bottomley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bottomley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Bottomley, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • James Frncis Bottomley a wool sorter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]
  • mary Bottomley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]
  • Clara Bottomley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]
  • Samuel Bottomley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Bottomley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bottomley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Henry Bottomley, aged 28, a millwright, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Charlotte Bottomley, aged 30, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mr. William Henry Bottomley, (b. 1812), aged 28, British milllwright travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [5]
  • Mrs. Charlotte Bottomley, (b. 1810), aged 30, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [5]
  • Mr. Bottomley, (b. 1835), aged 5, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bottomley (post 1700) +

  • James Leroy "Jim" Bottomley (1900-1959), American Major League Baseball player
  • Linda Bottomley, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1979 [6]
  • John T. Bottomley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1888 [6]
  • Bonnie Bottomley, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1979 [6]
  • Sir James Reginald Alfred Bottomley (b. 1920), English Diplomat, Ambassador to South Africa (1973-76)
  • Gordon Bottomley (1874-1948), English poet and dramatist
  • Arthur George Bottomley (1907-1995), British politician, Member of the UK Parliament, several time government minister, created Baron Bottomley, of Middlesbrough in 1984
  • Horatio William Bottomley (1860-1933), British financier, journalist, politician, member of the UK parliament and notorious fraudster

HMS Royal Oak
  • Robert James Bottomley (1903-1939), British Sergeant with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [7]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Fred Bottomley, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [8]


The Bottomley 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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STRATHEDEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stratheden.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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