Cottle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cottle has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Cottle located in the hundred of Bradford in the county of Wiltshire.

Early Origins of the Cottle family

The surname Cottle was first found in Wiltshire, where Beringarius Cotel was recorded in 1084. Other records show William Cotel was originally from Normandy (c. 1180-95).

Early History of the Cottle family

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Cottle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cottle have been found, including Cottle, Cottell, Cottel, Cothulle, Cuttil, Cuttles, Cotel, Cotella and many more.

Early Notables of the Cottle family (pre 1700)

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Cottle Ranking

In the United States, the name Cottle is the 4,880th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Cottle family to Ireland

Some of the Cottle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cottle migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Cottle, or a variant listed above:

Cottle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Cottle, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • William Cottle, aged 12, who arrived in America in 1638 [2]
  • William Cottle, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1638
  • John Cottle, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [2]
  • Peter Cottle, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Cottle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Cottle, aged 20, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1851 [2]

Canada Cottle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cottle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Cottle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Sarah Cottle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Australia Cottle migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cottle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Cottle, (Mustard), English convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for life for theft, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1830 [3]
  • Mr. Richard Cottle, English carpenter who was convicted in Somerset, England for 14 years for robbery, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 19th August 1829, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1864 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Cottle, (b. 1822), aged 29, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth on 19th August 1851 aboard the ship "Hooghly" arriving in Hobsons Bay, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 27th November 1851 [5]
  • Harriet Cottle, aged 33, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [6]
  • Henry Cottle, aged 29, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Cottle migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cottle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Cottle, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Catherine Stuart Forbes
  • Charles Cottle, aged 30, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Mary Cottle, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • William Cottle, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Charles Joseph Cottle, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Cottle migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [8]
Cottle Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Simon Cottle, who landed in Antigua (Antego) in 1752-1756 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cottle (post 1700) +

  • George Washington Cottle (1811-1836), Republic of Texas soldier who died at the Battle of the Alamo
  • Dave Cottle, American lacrosse coach
  • Eleanor Cottle, American lumber executive
  • Josephine Cottle (1922-2009), birth name of Gale Storm, the American actress and singer
  • William G. Cottle, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 1st District, 1898-99 [9]
  • O. J. Cottle, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1964 [9]
  • Frank Cottle, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 46th District, 1899-1900 [9]
  • Joseph Cottle (1770-1853), English publisher and author, brother of Amos Cottle [10]
  • Amos Simon Cottle (1738-1800), English translator and poet, born in Gloucestershire about 1768, elder brother of Joseph Cottle [10]
  • Gerald Ward Cottle (1945-2021), British circus owner born in Carshalton, Surrey, owner of the Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Samuel Cottle, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [11]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Cecil Roy Frederick Cottle, British Cook "S", who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Reginald William Cottle (b. 1916), English Petty Officer from West Pennard, Somerset, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [12]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dromedary
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 18th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/claudine
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  6. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  7. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 30th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Banks 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbanks1855.shtml
  8. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  11. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  12. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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