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Where did the English Nottinham family come from? What is the English Nottinham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Nottinham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Nottinham family history?

The Nottinham surname is a habitational name, taken on from the city of Nottingham in the East Midlands.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Nottingham, Nottinham, Notham, Nottham, Notingham and others.

First found in Nottingham where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Nottingham, held by Hugh Fitzbaldrick from the King, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nottinham research. Another 192 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1169 is included under the topic Early Nottinham History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Nottinham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Nottingham, who came to Maryland in 1658; Thomas Notingham, who came to Maryland in 1669; Thomas Nottingham, who arrived in Maryland in 1670; Joseph Nottingham, who arrived in Virginia in 1673.


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

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  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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