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The Anglo-Saxon name Potts comes from Phillip. A common medieval English form of the name Phillip is Philpot. This form was often shortened to the diminutive form Pot or Pott. It is from this form of Phillip that the surname Potts is derived. The personal name Phillip was popular thanks to the influence of St. Phillip, one of the twelve apostles of Christ. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
There is, however, another possible etymology, that better explains some instances of the name. Pott was an Old English word which meant hole or pit. It was sometimes used topographically to indicate residence near such a geographical feature. This makes this surname polygenetic; that is, derived from more than one source and having more than one initial bearer.

Potts Early Origins



The surname Potts was first found in Durham. By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the family had moved throughout ancient Britain: Colin Pot in Lincolnshire; Ricard Pot in Essex; Reginald Pot in Huntingdonshire; and William Pote in Norfolk. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Another source claims "Potts was the name of an old Northumbrian clan." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
And still father to the north, Charles Potts was notary in Kelso, 1727. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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Potts Spelling Variations


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Potts Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Potts were recorded, including Potts, Pott, Pot and others.

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Potts Early History


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Potts Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Potts research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1641, 1644, 1686, 1675, 1721, 1592, 1673, 1640, 1648, 1660 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Potts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Potts Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Potts Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas Putt, 1st Baronet (1644-1686) of Combe in the County of Devon, Member of Parliament for Honiton; and his son Sir Thomas Putt, 2nd Baronet ( c. 1675-1721); Sir William Pott of Norfolk; Sir John Potts, 1st Baronet (c. 1592-1673), an English politician...

Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Potts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Potts In Ireland


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Potts In Ireland



Some of the Potts family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Potts family emigrate to North America:

Potts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Potts arrived in Virginia in 1608
  • Anthony Potts settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Lacrecia Potts, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Fran Potts, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Mary Potts, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Potts Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Lancelot Potts, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Margret Potts, aged 22, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Michel Potts, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Hans Michael Potts, who came to Philadelphia in 1732
  • John Lodwick Potts, who came to Philadelphia in 1738
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Potts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Walter Potts, aged 25, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Day Potts, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Hans Potts, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Hans and Hanna Potts, who settled in Philadelphia in 1805
  • James Potts, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Potts Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Stephen Potts U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Potts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Potts, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • Francis Potts, aged 21, a chandler, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  • Abigail Potts arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hibernia" in 1851
  • John Potts arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hibernia" in 1851

Potts Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Potts arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • David Potts, aged 26, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Hannah Potts, aged 23, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Martha Potts, aged 7 mths., arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Thomas Potts arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Potts (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Potts (post 1700)



  • W. Ramsey Potts, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Schuylkill County, 1877-78, 1889-90
  • Wendy Lynn Potts, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 6th Circuit, 2001
  • William Potts, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Iredell County, 1833
  • William S. Potts, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964
  • David Potts Jr. (1794-1863), American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1824-26; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1831-39
  • Clyde Potts, American Republican politician, Mayor of Morristown, New Jersey, 1929-37
  • Charles J. Potts, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Wicomico County, 1947-50
  • C. H. Potts, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1912; Mayor of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 1917-19
  • Benjamin Franklin Potts (1836-1887), American Democrat politician, Member of Ohio State Senate, 1867; Governor of Montana Territory, 1870-83; Member of Montana Territorial Legislature
  • Alpheus Potts, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1884; Presidential Elector for New York, 1896
  • ... (Another 45 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Potts Historic Events


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Potts Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Margaret Potts (1888-1914), née Heavey Canadian Second Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Frank S Potts (b. 1920), English Writer serving for the Royal Navy from West Hartlepool, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Stewart Potts, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Charles S H Potts, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Potts


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Suggested Readings for the name Potts



  • Thomas Potts (Shield): and Related Families by Gloria(Potts) Stracke.
  • My O'Bryand-Potts-Cowan Family of Union County, Kentucky by Marscena Frakes.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortis et astutus
Motto Translation: Bold and Crafty.


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Citations


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Citations



  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. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Potts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Potts 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 29 November 2016 at 09:52.

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