Bottum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Bottum is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in an area with a broad valley, or a hillside. Bootham is a district near the center of the city of York, North Yorkshire. Blidworth Bottoms is a hamlet in Nottinghamshire. Angram Bottoms is a 24 acres biological site near to the village of Angram in the Yorkshire Dales. Today Pitt Town Bottoms is a historic town and suburb of Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia.
Early Origins of the Bottum family
The surname Bottum was first found in Norfolk and North Yorkshire where one of the first records of the name was Dowe de Bothemes who was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1246. A few years later, Laurence de Biouthom who was listed in 1287 and a de Bothum who was listed in the Feet of Fines of 1303. Just five years later, Richard del Botham was listed in the Court Rolls in the Manor of Wakefield in 1307. 
Important Dates for the Bottum family
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Bottum Spelling Variations
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. Bottum has been spelled many different ways, including Bottom, Botham, Bootham, Bodham and others.
Early Notables of the Bottum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bottum family
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 Bottums to arrive in North America: John Bottam who settled in Virginia in 1623; John Bottom settled in Virginia in 1623; Richard Bottom settled in Virginia in 1633; Parker Bottom settled in New England in 1850.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bottum (post 1700)
- Roswell Bottum, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1937-42 
- Joseph Henry Bottum (1903-1984), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota Republican State Central Committee, 1946-48; Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, 1961-63; U.S. Senator from South Dakota, 1962-63 
- Joseph Henry Bottum (1853-1946), American Republican politician, Faulk County Register of Deeds, 1883; Faulk County State's Attorney, 1890-94; Member of South Dakota State Senate 35th District, 1899-1900, 1903-04 
- Henry Merle Bottum (1849-1921), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Shaftsbury, 1888 
- George R. Bottum, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 31st District, 1929-32 
- Edward W. Bottum, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Wayne County 1st District, 1851 
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html