Ottway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ottway is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Ottway family once lived in the region of Ottway. Ottway 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 Ottway family

The surname Ottway 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 Ottway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ottway 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 Ottway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ottway Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ottway family name include Otway, Ottway, Ottaway, Otaway, Otawa and others.

Early Notables of the Ottway 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...
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ottway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Ottway family to Ireland

Some of the Ottway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 104 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ottway migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ottway surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Ottway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Ottway who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Ottway, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]

Australia Ottway migration to Australia +

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

Ottway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Ottway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [2]
  • Harriet Jane Ottway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [2]


The Ottway 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?.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm


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