The Gotham surname was a habitational name, from Gotham in Nottinghamshire
, which was in turn derived from the Old English "gat," or "goat," and "ham," meaning "homestead."
Early Origins of the Gotham family
The surname Gotham was first found in Nottinghamshire
at Gotham, a village south of Nottingham
which dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Gatham CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "homestead or enclosure where goats are kept," from the Old English "gat" + "ham or hamm." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The village is most famous for the stories of the "Wise Men of Gotham" in which the villagers feigned imbecility when the royal messengers arrived thereby foiling King John's intent to build a hunting lodge there. One reference claim that he said "we ween there are more fools pass through Gotham than remain in it." However, one of the first listing osf the surname was found years later in Essex
in the year 1291 when Stephen de Gotham held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Gotham family
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Gotham Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Gotham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gotham family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gotham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Gotham, who settled in Virginia in 1688
Gotham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Lorinda Gotham, who was on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871