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Where did the French Pote family come from? What is the French Pote family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pote family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pote family history?

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Pote first began in medieval France. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Many people, such as the Pote family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Pote was an occupational name for a maker of clay and metal drinking and storage vessels deriving its origin from the Latin word "potus," meaning "to drink."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Pot, Pots, Pote, Pots, Pôt, Pôts, Pôte, Pôtes, du Pot, de Pot, de la Pot, La Pot, De Paux, Paux, Paulx, Peaux, Peaulx, Peau, Paut, Pault, Peaut and many more.

First found in Berry, a former province until 1790 when it became a region in central France where the family has been located since early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pote research. Another 255 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1396, 1430, 1461, 1477, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Pote History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pote Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Pote, aged 27, a sawyer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Betsey Pote, aged 27, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841

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The Pote Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pote 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 23 December 2010 at 11:25.

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