Hotten is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hotten family lived in Haughton, Cheshire
. The name of this place derives from the Old English word halh,
which means nook
which means village or settlement.
There are numerous places son named in England
and an individual case of the name may derive from any of those locations.
Early Origins of the Hotten family
The surname Hotten was first found in Cheshire
at Haughton (or Haughton Moss), a village and civil parish. This village is by far the largest of the listings of the place name in England
. Looking back further, there are at least three listings of the place name Haughton in the Domesday Book
in its earliest forms: Hoctum in Nottinghamshire; Haustone in Shropshire; and Halstone or Haltone in Staffordshire
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Today Haughton Castle is a privately owned country mansion near the village of Humshaugh, Northumberland
and dates back to the 13th century when it was a tower house. It was enlarged and fortified in the 14th century. By the 16th century, the castle had fallen into ruin but by the early 19th century the ruins were converted into the mansion it is today. Houghton Hall is a country house in Norfolk
built for British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Another early branch of the family was found at Hooton, again in Cheshire
. "This place, in the Domesday Book
, is included in the possessions of Richard de Vernon, the Norman Baron
of Shipbrook, under whom it was held by a family named Hotone, which became extinct in the male line in the reign of Richard I. It then passed by marriage to Randle Walensis or Welshman, after which alliance, his family occasionally assumed the name of Hotone." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Hotten family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hotten research.Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1114, 1130, 1605, 1691, 1720 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Hotten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hotten Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Haughton, Houghton, Hoctor, Hector and others.
Early Notables of the Hotten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hotten family to Ireland
Some of the Hotten family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 199 words (14 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 Hotten family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Hotten name or one of its variants:
Hotten Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Hotten, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Hotten (post 1700)
- Jon Hotten (b. 1965), English author and journalist
- John Camden Hotten (1832-1873), English bibliophile and publisher
The Hotten Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Malgre le tort
Motto Translation: Despite the wrong.