The name Wottant first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having 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 Wottant family
The surname Wottant 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 Wottant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wottant 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 Wottant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wottant Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Wottant has appeared include Wooton, Wootton, Wootten, Wooten and others.
Early Notables of the Wottant 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 Wottant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wottant family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Wottant arrived in North America very early: 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.