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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gotte, Gott, Godt, Goth, Gothe, Gode, Godde, Gohde, Gode, Gade, Gadde and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Like many surnames, the name Gott began as a personal name. Gott was a short form of any of several German personal names which began with that word, which means "good" or "God."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gott research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1745 is included under the topic Early Gott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Charles Gott, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1628
  • Henry Gott, who landed in Maryland in 1651
  • Robert Gott, who arrived in Maryland in 1669

Gott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Samuel Gott, who landed in New England in 1721
  • Georg Gott, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754

Gott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Fr Gott, aged 45, landed in America in 1837
  • A Henry Gott, who arrived in Cincinnati, Oh in 1869-1870
  • Henry A Gott, who arrived in Ohio in 1869

Gott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Gott, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875

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  • Richard Gott, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 2004
  • Percy V. D. Gott, American Republican politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 27th District, 1938
  • Joseph A. Gott, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 13th District, 1933
  • John M. Gott, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Maryland State House of Delegates District 29-C, 1998
  • Harvey W. Gott, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County 2nd District, 1854
  • Frederick E. Gott, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1892; Member of New York State Assembly from Monroe County 4th District, 1897
  • Daniel Gott (1794-1864), American politician, Representative from New York 24th District, 1847-51
  • First Lieutenant Donald J Gott, American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Lieutenant-General William Henry Ewart Gott (1897-1942), British General Officer Commanding XIII Corps (1942)
  • J Richard Gott, professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University

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  2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  3. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  7. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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The Gott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gott 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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