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The name Potar came to England with the ancestors of the Potar family in the Norman Conquest in 1066. The surname Potar is for a maker of clay or metal storage vessels [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
which was in turn derived from the Latin word potus, meaning to drink. While this is the traditional understanding of the word, another reference states: "the term meant an apothecary or druggist." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


Early Origins of the Potar family


The surname Potar was first found in various shires and counties throughout Britain. Search for the earliest record of the name revealed Seuard le potter who was listed in 1172 in Lincolnshire. A few years later, Geoffrey Poter was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Essex in 1196 and John le Potier was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Essex in 1197. Lambert le Pottur was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Essex in 1214. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists Michael le Potere and John le Pottere in London, and Ranulph le Potter in Essex. [3]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)

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Early History of the Potar family

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Early History of the Potar family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Potar research.
Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1557, 1592, 1664, 1594, 1678, 1614, 1661, 1674 and 1747 are included under the topic Early Potar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Potar Spelling Variations

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Potar Spelling Variations


Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Potter, Pottar, Poter and others.

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Early Notables of the Potar family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Potar family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Potter of Manchester; Hannibal Potter (1592-1664), an English clergyman and college head in Oxford during the First English Civil War; Francis Potter (1594-1678), an English clergyman, Biblical commentator, and...
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Migration of the Potar family to Ireland

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Migration of the Potar family to Ireland


Some of the Potar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Potar family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Potar family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Potar or a variant listed above were: Henry Potter, who arrived in Virginia in 1619, one year before the "Mayflower"; Vincent Potter, who settled in New England in 1635; William Potter and his wife Francis, who came to Boston in 1635.

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  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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