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

Potterton Early Origins



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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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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Potterton Early History


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Potterton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Potterton research. 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 Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Potterton Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Potterton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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)

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See Also


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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

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Potterton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Potterton 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 13 November 2015 at 10:04.

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