Ottaway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Ottaway come from when the family resided in the region of Ottway. Ottaway 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 Ottaway family

The surname Ottaway 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.

Important Dates for the Ottaway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ottaway research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1652, 1685, 1682, 1615, 1692, 1671, 1680, 1680 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Ottaway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ottaway Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ottaway has been recorded under many different variations, including Otway, Ottway, Ottaway, Otaway, Otawa and others.

Early Notables of the Ottaway 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 Ottaway family to Ireland

Some of the Ottaway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Ottaway migration to Australia

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

Ottaway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Ottaway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [1]
  • Elizabeth Ottaway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [1]
  • John Ottaway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [1]
  • Mary Ann Ottaway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [1]
  • Alfred Ottaway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ottaway migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ottaway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry W. Ottaway, (b. 1852), aged 17, British labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 [2]
  • Mr. George Ottaway, (b. 1844), aged 30, English settler from Surrey travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [3]
  • Mrs. Martha Ottaway, (b. 1845), aged 29, English settler from Surrey travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [3]
  • Mr. James Ottaway, (b. 1871), aged 3 years 6 months, English settler from Surrey travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [3]
  • Miss Martha Ottaway, (b. 1873), aged 1, English settler from Surrey travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ottaway (post 1700)

  • David B. Ottaway, American journalist and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Life
  • James Ottaway (1908-1999), English actor from Chertsey, Surrey, known for his roles in The Long Good Friday (1980), That'll Be the Day (1973) and Absolution (1978)
  • Scott Ottaway (b. 1972), English drummer and percussionist for the Merseybeat band The Searchers
  • Cuthbert John Ottaway (1850-1878), first captain of the England Association Football team
  • Hugh Ottaway (1925-1979), British writer on concert music
  • Richard Geoffrey James Ottaway (b. 1945), British Conservative politician, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee (2010)

Citations

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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