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The Cotten name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in one of a number of similarly named settlements throughout England. Coton is found in Cambridgeshire, while Cotton was in Cheshire. There are places called Coatham in Durham and the North Riding of Yorkshire. Cotham is in Nottinghamshire. Settlements named Cottam exist in both Nottinghamshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire. All of these names stem from the Old English phrase ęt cotum, which means at the cottages. Thus, the surname Cotten belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Cotten Early Origins



The surname Cotten was first found in Huntingdonshire where the Cotton spelling is listed in the Domesday Book as resident of the Toseland hundred, in the land of the Bishop of Lincoln. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
They were traditional Lords of the manor of Connington. The Coton spelling boasts no fewer than seven listing in the Domesday Book in various counties. The first record of the name was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where Robert de Cottone was listed in Cambridgeshire. The same rolls also listed Richard de Cottoune in the same shire, Ralph de Cotun in Northumberland and Richard de Cotton in Norfolk. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The parish of Denton in Huntingdonshire was the family seat of the family in later years. "The church [of Denton] was partly rebuilt about 1665, by Sir John Cotton. Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, whose manuscripts are now in the British Museum, was born here in 1570." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Over in Steeple Gidding another record of the family was found. "Here was a large mansion, the residence of the Cotton family; the avenue to it still remains, and some of the existing cottages are built of the materials which formed the stables." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Cotten Spelling Variations


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Cotten Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Cotten has undergone many spelling variations, including Cotton, Coton, Cotten, Coten, Cottan, Kotton, Kotten, Koten, Kottan, Cottun, Cotun, Kotun, Kottun, Cottune, Cotune, Cottane, Cottain, Kottain, Kottaun, Cottaun, Kuttune, Cottone, Cottaune and many more.

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Cotten Early History


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Cotten Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cotten research. Another 437 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1630, 1687, 1752, 1549, 1582, 1621, 1598, 1621, 1585, 1652, 1633, 1570, 1631, 1594, 1662, 1621, 1702, 1661, 1679, 1630, 1687, 1635, 1712, 1679, 1681, 1689, 1702, 1695, 1748, 1644, 1717, 1679, 1695, 1695 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Cotten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cotten Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cotten Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Blessed Thomas Cottam (1549-1582), English Catholic priest and martyr; William Cotton (d. 1621), Bishop of Exeter, 1598 to 1621; John Cotton (1585-1652), English clergyman, American settler in 1633 and became one of the most important New England Puritan ministers; Sir Robert Bruce Cotton of Connington...

Another 108 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cotten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cotten In Ireland


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Cotten In Ireland



Some of the Cotten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cotten were among those contributors:

Cotten Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Era Cotten, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Mary Cotten, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
  • John Cotten, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
  • Francis Cotten, who landed in Maryland in 1678
  • Thomas Cotten, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Cotten Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Cotten, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Margaret Cotten, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • James Cotten, who landed in Virginia in 1712

Cotten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Cotten, aged 15, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • Lud Joseph Cotten, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834

Cotten Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Cotten, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cotten (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cotten (post 1700)



  • Ann Cotten (b. 1982), American-born German writer
  • Mike Cotten (b. 1939), former American football player and lawyer, University of Texas Quarterback (1959-1961)
  • Lyman Atkinson Cotten (1874-1926), American officer of the United States Navy, eponym of the destroyer USS Cotten (DD-669)
  • Joanna Cotten, American country music singer
  • Joseph Cheshire Cotten Jr., (1905-1994), American actor, known for his roles in Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), and Journey into Fear (1943), The Third Man (1949), eponym of the Joseph Cotten Show (1956-1957)
  • James "Jay" Cotten (b. 1974), American actor, film director, producer and writer
  • Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987), born Elizabeth Nevills, an American musician and singer-songwriter
  • Joel Cotten, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988
  • Joe Cotten, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas railroad commissioner, 2012
  • J. A. Cotten (b. 1867), American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Morgan County, 1921-22
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In utraque fortuna paratus
Motto Translation: Prepared for either good or bad fortune.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Cotten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cotten Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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