Ottrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Ottrey is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the region of Ottway. Ottrey 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 Ottrey family
The surname Ottrey 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 Ottrey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ottrey 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 Ottrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ottrey Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ottrey has been spelled many different ways, including Otway, Ottway, Ottaway, Otaway, Otawa and others.
Early Notables of the Ottrey 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 Ottrey family to Ireland
Some of the Ottrey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ottrey family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ottreys to arrive in North America: Thomas Ottway who settled in Virginia in 1623; James Otway arrived in New York in 1823 with his wife and five children, and his brother William; W.B. Otway settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1852..