Origins Available: English, French, German
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) 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
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) Another source claims "Potts was the name of an old Northumbrian clan." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print. And still father to the north, Charles Potts was notary in Kelso, 1727. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Pot family
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Pot Spelling Variations
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)
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...
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Migration of the Pot family to Ireland
Some of the Pot family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Pot family to the New World and Oceana
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
Pot Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Pot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Pot (post 1700)
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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