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

The name Potell originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the personal name Phillip. A common medieval English form of the name Phillip is Philpot. Sometimes this got shortened to Pot, and a diminutive suffix could be added: in this case, el. So, someone named Phillip could become known as Potel. They would then pass this name down to their children. Therefore, the surname Potell means "son of Phillip."

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Potell has appeared include Pottle, Pottel, Pottell, Pottale, Potale, Potell, Potelle, Potel and many more.

First found in Somerset, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Potell research. Another 253 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1243, 1273, 1279, and 1779 are included under the topic Early Potell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Potell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Potell arrived in North America very early:

Potell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jean Potell, who settled in Carolina in 1696 with his wife and two children

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The Potell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Potell 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 27 October 2010 at 13:55.

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