Pot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Pot was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from Phillip. A common medieval English form of the name Phillip is Philpot. This form was often shortened to the diminutive form Pot or Pott. It is from this form of Phillip that the surname Pot is derived. The personal name Phillip was popular thanks to the influence of St. Phillip, one of the twelve apostles of Christ.  There is, however, another possible etymology, that better explains some instances of the name. Pott was an Old English word which meant hole or pit. It was sometimes used topographically to indicate residence near such a geographical feature. This makes this surname polygenetic; that is, derived from more than one source and having more than one initial bearer.
Early Origins of the Pot family
The surname Pot was first found in Durham. By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the family had moved throughout ancient Britain: Colin Pot in Lincolnshire; Ricard Pot in Essex; Reginald Pot in Huntingdonshire; and William Pote in Norfolk.  Another source claims "Potts was the name of an old Northumbrian clan."  And still father to the north, Charles Potts was notary in Kelso, 1727. 
Early History of the Pot family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pot research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1641, 1644, 1686, 1675, 1721, 1592, 1673, 1640, 1648, 1660, 1605, 1612, 1618 and 1612 are included under the topic Early Pot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pot Spelling Variations
Pot has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Pot have been found, including Potts, Pott, Pot and others.
Early Notables of the Pot family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas Putt, 1st Baronet (1644-1686) of Combe in the County of Devon, Member of Parliament for Honiton; and his son Sir Thomas Putt, 2nd Baronet (c. 1675-1721); Sir William Pott of Norfolk; Sir John Potts, 1st Baronet (c. 1592-1673), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1648 and in 1660; and Dr. John Potts (or Pott), originally from Cheshire...
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Pot migration to the United States +
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Pots to arrive on North American shores:
Pot Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Pot, who landed in Virginia in 1657 
Pot Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johanes Pot, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754
- William Pot, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
Pot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jan Pot, aged 33, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 
Contemporary Notables of the name Pot (post 1700) +
- Sir Leslie Pot, Consul to Monaco
- Hendrik Gerritsz Pot (1580-1657), Dutch painter
- Philippe Pot (1428-1493), Burgundian nobleman, military leader, and diplomat
- Cornelius Pot (b. 1951), Dutch football manager and former footballer
- Pol Pot (1925-1998), the leader of the Cambodian communist movement
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The Pot 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: Fortis et astutus
Motto Translation: Bold and Crafty.
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