The name Pottum is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when a family lived in the village of Puttock in the county of Sussex
. This habitation
surname was originally derived from the Old English word puttoc
which means kite,
denoting a bird belonging to the hawk family.
Early Origins of the Pottum family
The surname Pottum was first found in Sussex
where one of the first records of the family was Aelfricus (Aefric) Puttoc (died 1051) Archbishop of York (1023-1041) and Bishop of Worcester. He may have been the bishop who crowned Harold Harefoot king of England
in 1036. However, when Harthacnut became king, he and others were charged to disinter Harold's body and throw it away. By the Battle of Hastings they had branched westward to Somerset
where Aluried Puttoch held estates at that time.
Early History of the Pottum family
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Pottum Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Pottum family name include Puttoch, Puttock, Puttoc, Puttick, Puttoche, Puttocke, Putticke, Putteck, Puttex, Putton, Putten, Potton, Puttone, Pottone, Pottock, Pottocke, Pottoch and many more.
Early Notables of the Pottum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pottum family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Pottum surname or a spelling variation of the name include : David Putten who landed in America in 1753; William Puttex (Puttecks) settled in Barbados in 1634.