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Ottawa History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Ottawa name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the region of Ottway. Ottawa is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Ottawa family


The surname Ottawa was first found in Westmorland where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Ottawa family


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Ottawa Spelling Variations


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Ottawa has undergone many spelling variations, including Otway, Ottway, Ottaway, Otaway, Otawa and others.

Early Notables of the Ottawa family (pre 1700)


Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Otway; and Thomas Otway (1652-1685), an English dramatist of the Restoration period, best known for Venice Preserv'd, or...
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Migration of the Ottawa family to Ireland


Some of the Ottawa family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 197 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 Ottawa family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ottawa Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mykyta Ottawa, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1897

Contemporary Notables of the name Ottawa (post 1700)


  • General Charles Topp of Ottawa,

The Ottawa 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: Si Deus nobiscum quis contra nos
Motto Translation: If God be with us who can be against us?.


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