Early Origins of the Spotswude family
The surname Spotswude was first found in Berwickshire
where "the name is derived from the barony of Spottiswoode. The family were benefactors to the Abbeys of Melrose and Kelso in early times. The immediate ancestor or Spottiswoode, still 'of that Ilk,' was Robert de Spottiswood, who was born in the reign of King Alexander III., and died in that of Robert Bruce. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Spotswude family
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Spotswude Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Spottiswood, Spottiswode, Sportwode, Sportwood, Spotswood and many more.
Early Notables of the Spotswude family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Spotswude family to Ireland
Some of the Spotswude family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Spotswude family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: F. Spotswood who settled in San Francisco in 1851; A. Sportwode settled in New York in 1820; Anna Spotswood, aged 27, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1905.
The Spotswude 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: Patior ut potiar
Motto Translation: I suffer that I may obtain.