The name Cotman is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a horse breeder.
Early Origins of the Cotman family
The surname Cotman was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cotman family
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Cotman Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Cotman include Coltman, Coultman and others.
Early Notables of the Cotman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cotman family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Cotman were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Coltman of Wethersfield who came from Sutton Coldfield in Warwickshire
, he settled in Springfield Mass in 1644; Ann Coltman settled in Virginia in 1623.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cotman (post 1700)
- John Sell Cotman (1782-1842), English landscape water colourist