Hotaway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Hotaway begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the region of Ottway. Hotaway is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Hotaway family

The surname Hotaway was first found in Westmorland where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Important Dates for the Hotaway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hotaway research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1652, 1685, 1682, 1615, 1692, 1671, 1680, 1680 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Hotaway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hotaway Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hotaway has undergone many spelling variations, including Otway, Ottway, Ottaway, Otaway, Otawa and others.

Early Notables of the Hotaway family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Otway; and Thomas Otway (1652-1685), an English dramatist of the Restoration period, best known for Venice Preserv'd, or...
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Migration of the Hotaway family to Ireland

Some of the Hotaway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 104 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hotaway family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hotaway were among those contributors: Thomas Ottway who settled in Virginia in 1623; James Otway arrived in New York in 1823 with his wife and five children, and his brother William; W.B. Otway settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1852..

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