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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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The surname Pote was 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.

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.


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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 Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Jeremiah Pote U.E. (b. 1725) born in Falmouth, Maine, USA who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1796
  • Mr. Robert Pote U.E. born in Falmouth, Maine, USA who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 son of Jeramiah Pote

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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  2. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
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  5. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
  8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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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.

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