Potgieter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The roots of the distinguished German surname Potgieter lie in the western province of Westphalia. The name is derived from the Westphalian occupational term "Pottgieser," meaning "potter" or "smith who crafts pots and pans," and would have been originally borne by a practitioner of this occupation.
Early Origins of the Potgieter family
The surname Potgieter was first found in Westphalia, where the name originated. The first known bearer of the name was Hermann Potgieter, a resident of Essen in the year 1463. The young Potgieter family played a major role in the development of the medieval society of Westphalia, and quickly became one of the prominent families of the region.
Early History of the Potgieter family
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Potgieter Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Potgieter, Pottgieter, Pottgieser, Potgieser and others.
Early Notables of the Potgieter family (pre 1700)
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In South Africa, the name Potgieter is the 123rd most popular surname with an estimated 46,553 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Potgieter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Potgieter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century