Nottinghamshire, which was in turn derived from the Old English "gat," or "goat," and "ham," meaning "homestead."
Early Origins of the Gottam family
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 Gottam family
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Gottam Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gotham, Gottam, Gottem, Gothame and others.
Early Notables of the Gottam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gottam family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Gotham, who settled in Virginia in 1688; John Gothen, who came to New York in 1832; as well as Lorinda Gotham, who was on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871..
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