Ireland 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 or Normandy, it has disappeared from France entirely but remains common in Ireland even today. The Strongbownian surname of Cottar is derived from the popular Norse personal name Oitir. The Gaelic forms of the surname Cottar are Mac Coitir and Mac Oitir.
Early Origins of the Cottar family
Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Cottar family
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Cottar Spelling Variations
spelling variations were encountered, including: Cotter, Cotters, Cottar, Cottare, Cotteres, Cottares, Coitter and many more.
Early Notables of the Cottar family (pre 1700)
Limerick, Tipperary and Kerry...
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Migration of the Cottar family to the New World and Oceana
Ireland 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 Cottar:
Cottar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Cottar Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Cottar (post 1700)
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