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The Potterton surname is thought to be a habitational name, taken on from Potterton, in West Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Potterton family


The surname Potterton was first found in Yorkshire in the west Riding where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Potterton, held by Ilbert de Lacy, a Norman Baron who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Early History of the Potterton family

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Early History of the Potterton family


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Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1084 is included under the topic Early Potterton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Potterton Spelling Variations

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Potterton Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Potterton, Poterton, Porterton, Potterten, Potersetn and many more.

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Early Notables of the Potterton family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Potterton family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Potterton family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Potterton family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Potterton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Potterton, who settled in Philadelphia in 1872

Potterton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Potterton, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm

Potterton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Potterton, aged 29, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Sarah Potterton, aged 31, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Charles W. Potterton, aged 6, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • May E. Potterton, aged 4, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Potterton (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Potterton (post 1700)


  • Arthur Potterton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1928, 1948 (alternate) [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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Citations

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Citations


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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