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Where did the Scottish Stotts family come from? What is the Scottish Stotts family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stotts family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stotts family history?

The Stotts surname is generally thought to derive from the Middle English word "stott," meaning a "steer," or "bull." As such it was likely originally an occupational name for a cattleman, or perhaps a nickname. Some instances of the name in Scotland may have come from the Viking name Stoti, which likely arrived with the 9th century Norse colonization of Strathclyde and Aberdeenshire.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Stot, Stott and others.

First found in Yorkshire, but by the 15th century some of the family name had moved north to Aberdeenshire where Andrew Stott was a Burgess there in 1490. Later, Margaret Stote held a family seat in Dolphinstoun in Lanarkshire in 1675, and Alexander Stote held a family seat in Maynes in Balyeordie in Renfrewshire in 1689.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stotts research. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 189 and are included under the topic Early Stotts History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stotts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Stotts family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stotts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Abraham Stotts, who arrived in New York in 1642

Stotts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Stotts, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1831

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  • Terry Stotts (b. 1957), American retired professional NBA basketball forward who played from 1980 to 1990 and coached from 1990 to present
  • Richard Eugene "Richie" Stotts, American first guitarist and one of the founding members of the punk/metal group Plasmatic


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The Stotts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stotts 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.

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