Kotte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Kotte name comes from that Medieval landscape of southern France known as Languedoc. The name Kotte was originally derived from the family having lived in Languedoc, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Kotte family
The surname Kotte was first found in Languedoc, where they are recorded as one of the distinguished ancient families of that region.
The Cot or Cote family were well educated and learned people and there are many instances in the records of this. The Les Cot family of Limoges developed one of the first printing methods, with hot lead type, which they took to Paris in the 1600's. Pierre was an author of a book on the origins of printing in 1707.
Jean Pierre Cote, a noted poet, was born in Briancon in 1810. Jean-Leopold left on his death a "Dictionnaire de la législation des états sardes" in 1841. Jean André de Cot, descended from the Tournon branch of the family and, born in Briancon in 1789, campaigned against the war of the Empire, and his son Alexis was the owner of the "Journal de Tournon".
Jean Cote settled in Quebec in 1634 and married Anne Martin on 17th November 1635. Together they had five sons that carried on the family name of Cote. Jean was buried in Quebec on 28th March 1661. 
Early History of the Kotte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kotte research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1472, 1656, 1735, 1613, 1472, 1564, 1626, 1604, 1681, 1656 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Kotte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kotte Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Kotte, including Cote, Cot, Cotte, Cott, Kott, Kote, Cotée, Cotet, Cotin, Coton, Cottet, Cottin, Cotton, Cotard, Cottard, Lacotte, Cotté, Cottu, Cottarel, Cottebrune, Cotner, Cottez and many more.
Early Notables of the Kotte family (pre 1700)
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Kotte migration to the United States +
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Kotte has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Kotte were
Kotte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anton Kotte, who arrived in America in 1845 
Kotte migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kotte Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Feldwebel Kotte, who landed in Canada in 1783
Contemporary Notables of the name Kotte (post 1700) +
Related Stories +
- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
- ^ 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)