Cottee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Cottee name comes from that Medieval landscape of southern France known as Languedoc. The name Cottee was originally derived from the family having lived in Languedoc, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Cottee family
The surname Cottee was first found in Languedoc, where they are recorded as one of the distinguished ancient families of that region.
The Cot or Cote family were well educated and learned people and there are many instances in the records of this. The Les Cot family of Limoges developed one of the first printing methods, with hot lead type, which they took to Paris in the 1600's. Pierre was an author of a book on the origins of printing in 1707.
Jean Pierre Cote, a noted poet, was born in Briancon in 1810. Jean-Leopold left on his death a "Dictionnaire de la législation des états sardes" in 1841. Jean André de Cot, descended from the Tournon branch of the family and, born in Briancon in 1789, campaigned against the war of the Empire, and his son Alexis was the owner of the "Journal de Tournon".
Jean Cote settled in Quebec in 1634 and married Anne Martin on 17th November 1635. Together they had five sons that carried on the family name of Cote. Jean was buried in Quebec on 28th March 1661. 
Early History of the Cottee family
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Cottee Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Cottee is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Cote, Cot, Cotte, Cott, Kott, Kote, Cotée, Cotet, Cotin, Coton, Cottet, Cottin, Cotton, Cotard, Cottard, Lacotte, Cotté, Cottu, Cottarel, Cottebrune, Cotner, Cottez and many more.
Early Notables of the Cottee family (pre 1700)
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Cottee migration to the United States +
France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Cottee were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Cottee were
Cottee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Cottee, who landed in America in 1760-1763 
Contemporary Notables of the name Cottee (post 1700) +
- Spencer Milton Cottee (1864-1944), Australian founder of Cottee's in the early 1900's, an Australian brand of cordial drinks, now owned by Schweppes Australia
- Antony Richard "Tony" Cottee (b. 1965), English former professional footballer and manager, currently a television football commentator
- Kay Cottee AO (b. 1954), Australian first female sailor to non-stop circumnavigate the world aboard her yacht Blackmores First Lady, taking 189 days
Related Stories +
- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
- ^ 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)