already had an established system of hereditary surnames
, the Strongbownians brought many of their own naming traditions to the island. There were, however, similarities between the two systems. The Strongbownians, like the Irish, frequently used patronymic
surnames, a form of surname that was built from the name of the initial bearer's father, or another older relative. Norman patronymic names, because they were originally formed in French, were often created by the addition of a diminutive suffix to the given name, such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el. Occasionally, two suffixes were combined to form a double diminutive, as in the combinations of -el-in, -el-ot, -in-ot, and -et-in. These Stronbownians also created patronymic names by the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius
, which both mean son. This prefix probably originated in Flanders
, it has disappeared from France entirely but remains common in Ireland
even today. The Strongbownian surname of Cotar is derived from the popular Norse personal name
Oitir. The Gaelic forms of the surname Cotar are Mac Coitir and Mac Oitir.
Early Origins of the Cotar family
The surname Cotar was first found in Oxfordshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Cotar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cotar research.Another 335 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1720, 1763, 1884, 1630, 1705, 1689, 1720, 1754 and 1831 are included under the topic Early Cotar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cotar Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Cotar, many spelling variations
were encountered, including: Cotter, Cotters, Cottar, Cottare, Cotteres, Cottares, Coitter and many more.
Early Notables of the Cotar family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Sir James Fitz Edmond Cotter (c.1630-1705) Irish soldier, colonial governor and the commander-in-chief of King James's forces, in the Irish Counties of Cork, Limerick
and Kerry... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cotar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cotar family to the New World and Oceana
went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant
farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Cotar: James Cotter who settled in Bay De Verde, Newfoundland, in 1783; John Cotter settled in Boston in 1764 with his wife Elizabeth; Edward Cotter settled in New York, with his wife and four children in 1823.