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The Lott surname is derived from a medieval given name of uncertain origins.

Early Origins of the Lott family

The surname Lott was first found in Kent where the Pipe Rolls of 1162 include and entry for Alwin Loth. Over one hundred years later, William Lot was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Suffolk. The same rolls included: John Lotte in Norfolk; and Andrew, John Lote in Cambridgeshire. The same John Lotte was listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1317. Richard and William atte Lote were listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1332 and the Subsidy Rolls for Surrey in 1332. "There is no evidence for the early use of the Biblical Lot in England, but the first form may be this in its French form Loth which was common in Brittany." [1]

Another source claims the name is for someone who was a "dweller on the apportioned share of land, i.e., the allotted land" [2] and another claims that it is an Anglo-Saxon name for "lote" meaning "crafty" or perhaps from the Anglo-Saxon "hlot", "a caster of lots, a fortune-teller." [3]

Returning back to the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, we found: Richard filius Lote, Cambridgeshire; Robert Lote, Cambridgeshire; Walter Lotte, Cambridgeshire; William Lot, Suffolk; and John Lotte, Norfolk. [4]

Early History of the Lott family

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Lott Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lot, Lott, Loth, Lots and others.

Early Notables of the Lott family (pre 1700)

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Lott Ranking

In the United States, the name Lott is the 863rd most popular surname with an estimated 34,818 people with that name. [5]

United States Lott migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Pieter Lott, who arrived in Long Island in 1652-1653 [6]
  • Peter Lott, who landed in New Jersey in 1652 [6]
  • William Lott, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [6]
  • Mary Lott, who arrived in Maryland in 1662 [6]
Lott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johs Lott, who landed in New York in 1709 [6]
Lott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Weigant Lott, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 [6]
  • G W Lott, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • McConnell Lott, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1854 [6]
  • John Lott, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1861 [6]
  • Friedrich Lott, who landed in Ohio in 1869 [6]

Canada Lott migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Lott U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. John Lott Sr., U.E., "Johannes" who settled in Canada c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. John Lott Sr., U.E. who settled in Belleville, [Thurlow], Ontario c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. John Lott Sr., U.E. who settled in Sidney, [Quinte West], Ontario c. 1784 [7]
  • Andrew Lott, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1785
Lott Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Lott, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Alexander Lott, who settled in Ontario in 1861

Australia Lott migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Francis Lott, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [8]
  • Stephen D. Lott, who arrived in Port Phillip aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849 [9]
  • Harriet Lott, aged 31, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Burlington"
  • Elizabeth Lott, aged 61, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Burlington"

Contemporary Notables of the name Lott (post 1700) +

  • Lyn Lott (1950-2018), American professional golfer from Douglas, Georgia; he played on the PGA Tour from 1974 to 1984, inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1998
  • Cornelius Peter Lott (1798-1850), American early member of the Latter Day Saint movement, father of one of Joseph Smith's wives
  • John Abraham Lott (1806-1878), American lawyer and politician
  • John William Lott (b. 1959), American Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley
  • John Lott (b. 1964), former American NFL football offensive tackle who played from 1987 to 1988
  • John Richard Lott Jr. (b. 1958), American economist, political commentator, and gun rights advocate
  • Chester Trent Lott Sr. (b. 1941), American politician, United States Senator from Mississippi (1998-2007), Senate Majority Leader in 2001
  • Ronald Mandel "Ronnie" Lott (b. 1959), American former NFL football player, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, generally considered to be one of the best defensive backs in NFL history, eponym of the Lott IMPACT Trophy
  • George Lott (1906-1991), American tennis player and tennis coach, five-time US. doubles champion, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1964
  • Trent Lott, American Republican senator from Mississippi
  • ... (Another 31 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Frederick C Lott (b. 1916), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [10]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Russell A. Lott, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [11]

Suggested Readings for the name Lott +

  • Descendants of Cornelius Peter Lott by Rhea Lott Vance.
  • The Descendants of Benjamin Franklin through the Bache-Lott-Birt Line by Philip S. Hessinger.

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  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from
  9. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "MADAWASKA" 1849. Retrieved from
  10. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from
  11. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook