Wotan is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Wotan family once lived 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 Wotan family
The surname Wotan 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 Wotan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wotan research.Another 173 words (12 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 Wotan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wotan 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 Wotan family name include Wooton, Wootton, Wootten, Wooten and others.
Early Notables of the Wotan 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 Wotan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wotan family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, 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 Wotan surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.