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The ancestors of the name Otway date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Otway family lived in the region of Ottway. Otway 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.

Otway Early Origins



The surname Otway 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.

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Otway Spelling Variations


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Otway Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Otway are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Otway include: Otway, Ottway, Ottaway, Otaway, Otawa and others.

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Otway Early History


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Otway Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Otway research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1652, 1685, 1682, 1615, 1692, 1671, 1680, 1680 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Otway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Otway Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Otway Early Notables (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 Otway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Otway In Ireland


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Otway In Ireland



Some of the Otway 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Otway or a variant listed above:

Otway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Otway, who landed in New England in 1670

Otway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • 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, California in 1852

Otway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Otway arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Ann Otway arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Errat Otway arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • James Otway arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Ada Otway arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Otway (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Otway (post 1700)



  • Henry Otway (1768-1815), Irish owner of Otway Castle
  • Wayne Kenneth Otway (b. 1956), former Australian-rules football player
  • Lt-Col. Terence Otway (1914-2006), British Commander of Airborne Forces, commander of the paratroop assault on the Merville Battery on D-Day
  • Admiral Sir Robert Waller Otway GCB (1773-1846), 1st Baronet, British senior Royal Navy officer
  • Lee Otway, British singer and actor
  • John Otway (b. 1952), British singer, songwriter, and humorist
  • Caesar Otway (1780-1842), Irish clergyman and writer, born at Castle Otway
  • Arthur John Otway (1822-1891), 3rd Baronet, Scottish-born, British barrister and Liberal politician, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1868-1871)

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Motto


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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    7. 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.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Otway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Otway Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 17 August 2015 at 08:36.

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