The name Pottle has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally 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 Pottle means "son of Phillip."
Early Origins of the Pottle family
The surname Pottle was first found in Somerset, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.
Early History of the Pottle family
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Pottle Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pottle include Pottle, Pottel, Pottell, Pottale, Potale, Potell, Potelle, Potel and many more.
Early Notables of the Pottle family (pre 1700)
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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Pottle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Christopher Pottle, who settled in Massachusetts in 1679
Pottle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
James Pottle, who sailed to America in 1756
Joseph Pottle, who arrived in Boston in 1762
Pottle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
O Pottle, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Henry Pottle, aged 56, originally from Southampton, who arrived in New York in 1897 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England
Pottle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Agnes Pottle, aged 21, originally from St. Johns, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Rosalind" from St. John's, Newfoundland 
Wm. James Pottle, aged 44, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Southampton, England
James Pottle, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Abbie C. Stubbs" from St. John, New Brunswick 
Florence Mable Pottle, aged 28, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England
^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)