The history of the Woottand family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the county of Kent
. Their name, however, is derived from the Old English words wudu,
and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived in a town by a wood. There are numerous places named Wooton throughout Britain, the oldest is Wooton Bassett in Wiltshire
that dates back to 680, followed by Wooton Wawen in Warwickshire
that dates back to 716-37 and is obviously a Anglo-Saxon
place name. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Woottand family
The surname Woottand was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
at Marlay, before and after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. By the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273, the name was scattered throughout Britain as in Robert de Wottone and Thomas de Wodeton in Devon
, Fredeshet de Wottone in Buckinghamshire
, John atte
Wodeton in London and John de Wodeton or John de Wutton in Oxfordshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Woottand family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woottand research.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1497, 1567, 1541, 1567, 1489, 1551, 1521, 1587, 1521, 1587, 1548, 1628, 1616, 1618, 1604, 1620, 1587, 1630, 1568, 1639, 1682 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Woottand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Woottand Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Woottand include Wooton, Wootton, Wootten, Wooten and others.
Early Notables of the Woottand family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Nicholas Wotton (c.
1497-1567), an English diplomat, Ambassador to France during the reign of Mary, Dean of Canterbury (1541-1567); and his brother, Sir Edward Wotton (1489-1551), Treasurer of Calais and a privy councillor to Edward VI of England; Thomas Wotton (1521-1587), Sheriff of... Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woottand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Woottand family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Woottand or a variant listed above: Richard Wooten settled in Virginia in 1642; Mary Wootten settled in New England
in 1689; Edward Wootten settled in Virginia in 1663; Robert Wooten settled in Barbados in 1694.