Botts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Botts comes from the Middle Low German word "pot," meaning "a pot;" as such, it was likely an occupational name for a potter.

Early Origins of the Botts family

The surname Botts was first found in East Prussia, where the name Pott came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.

Early History of the Botts family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Botts research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1502, 1715, and 1744 are included under the topic Early Botts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Botts Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pott, Pot, Potte, Potts, Pottes, Pots, Potes, Pottz, Pottez, Poott, Pootts, Bott, Botts, Botz and many more.

Early Notables of the Botts family (pre 1700)

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United States Botts migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Botts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Botts, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [1]
Botts Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Rynhard Botts, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]
Botts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Botts, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [1]
  • William S Botts, who arrived in Pike County, Ind in 1860 [1]

Australia Botts migration to Australia +

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

Botts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Botts, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Porter" in 1839 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Botts (post 1700) +

  • Timothy Botts, noted American calligrapher and illustrator
  • Leila Botts, prominent American environmentalist
  • Jason Carl Botts (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball infielder
  • Michael G. Botts (1944-2005), American drummer
  • John Minor Botts (1802-1869), American nineteenth century politician and lawyer
  • Paul K. Botts, American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania 1st District, 1970 [3]
  • John Minor Botts (1802-1869), American politician, Representative from Virginia, 1839-43, 1847-49; Delegate to Virginia State Constitutional Convention, 1850-51 [3]
  • James L. Botts, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1924 [3]
  • Elizabeth E. Botts, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 1948 [3]
  • Charles Tyler Botts (1808-1884), American politician, Delegate to California State Constitutional Convention from Monterey District, 1849; District Judge in California, 1850 [3]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  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 Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PORTER 1839. Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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