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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 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, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Sarah Potterton, aged 31, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Charles W. Potterton, aged 6, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • May E. Potterton, aged 4, 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. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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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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