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The origins of the Nottage name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived at the knot, the summit of a rocky hill, from the residence near that place.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Nottage were recorded, including Cnot, Cnotte, Canute, Cnut, Knot, Knout, Knotte, Knott and many more.

First found in Derbyshire where traditionally the name was descended from the Scandinavian King Canute, or Cnut. Drayton sings "The Knot that called was Canutus, bird of old, of that great King of Danes, his name that still doth hold, his appetite to please that far and near was sought, for his, as some have said, from Denmark hither brought."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nottage research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1730, 1582, 1656, 1606 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Nottage History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nottage Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Nottage family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nottage Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Josiah Nottage, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Nottage Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Maskell Nottage arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City of London" in 1840
  • Thomas Nottage arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849

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  • Courtney Nottage, American Democrat politician, Member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • Dexter Alexander Nottage (b. 1970), former American football defensive end
  • Lynn Nottage (b. 1964), American playwright awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama


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The Nottage Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nottage Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 1 April 2016 at 14:09.

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