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Although 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 Cotter is derived from the popular Norse personal name Oitir. The Gaelic forms of the surname Cotter are Mac Coitir and Mac Oitir.

Cotter Early Origins



The surname Cotter was first found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Cotter Spelling Variations


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Cotter Spelling Variations



Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Cotter revealed many spelling variations including Cotter, Cotters, Cottar, Cottare, Cotteres, Cottares, Coitter and many more.

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Cotter Early History


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Cotter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cotter 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 Cotter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cotter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cotter Early Notables (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, Tipperary and Kerry...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cotter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North Ameri ca. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Cotter:

Cotter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Darby Cotter, who arrived in New England in 1740
  • John Cotter settled in Boston in 1764 with his wife Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth Cotter, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766

Cotter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ann Cotter settled in Baltimore in 1804
  • Ann Cotter, aged 26, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • William Cotter, aged 28, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Edmund I Cotter, who landed in America in 1811
  • Arthur Cotter, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cotter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Cotter who settled in Bay De Verde, Newfoundland, in 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Mr. James Cotter U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Cotter Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Michael Cotter U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Cotter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Cotter settled in Quebec in 1825
  • Juliana Cotter, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Mary Cotter, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Charles Cotter, aged 30, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Catherine Cotter, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cotter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Garrett Cotter (18021886), an Australian convict from County Cork, a ploughman by trade, he was transported to Australian in 1822 aboard the "Mangles", eponym of the Cotter River and Cotter Valley
  • Bridget Cotter, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Bridget Cotter, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Simon Cotter, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Micahel Cotter, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cotter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Pierce Cotter landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Richard Cotter, aged 34, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Bessie Cotter, aged 33, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Timothy Cotter, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Maria Cotter, aged 8, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cotter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cotter (post 1700)



  • William Ross Cotter (1926-1981), American politician, Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Connecticut (1971-1981)
  • Thomas Benedict "Tom" Cotter (1866-1906), American Major League Baseball catcher who played six games for the Boston Reds in 1891
  • Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr. (1861-1949), American poet, writer and playwright
  • Joseph Bernard Cotter (1844-1909), American clergyman, the first Roman Catholic bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona, Minnesota
  • James Cotter (1772-1849), American UEL, Canadian farmer, judge and politician in Upper Canada
  • Daniel Joseph "Dan" Cotter (1867-1935), American Major League Baseball pitcher who only ever played in one game
  • Holland Cotter, American reviewer awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
  • Frank B. Cotter, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Yonkers, New York, 1933, 1937
  • Dorothy E. Cotter, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1952, 1956, 1964
  • Daniel Cotter, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 4th District, 1922
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  5. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  11. ...

The Cotter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cotter 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.

This page was last modified on 26 October 2016 at 13:04.

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