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The ancestors of the name Wotton date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Wotton family lived in the county of Kent. Their name, however, is derived from the Old English words wudu, meaning wood, and tun, meaning enclosure or settlement, 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Wotton Early Origins



The surname Wotton 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. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Wotton Spelling Variations


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Wotton Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Wotton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wotton include: Wooton, Wootton, Wootten, Wooten and others.

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Wotton Early History


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Wotton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wotton 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 Wotton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wotton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wotton Early Notables (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 Wotton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wotton or a variant listed above:

Wotton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Wotton, an English surgeon who settled in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607
  • William Wotton, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • George Wotton settled in Barbados in 1654
  • George Wotton, who landed in America in 1654-1679
  • John Wotton, who landed in Virginia in 1658
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Wotton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Alfred Wotton, who arrived in America in 1885
  • Lewes Wotton, who arrived in Virginia in 1887

Wotton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Wotton, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"
  • John Wotton, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wotton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wotton (post 1700)



  • Thomas Wotton (d. 1766), English antiquarian, compiler of the Baronetage
  • Paul Anthony Wotton (b. 1977), English footballer
  • Roger Corfield Anson Wotton (1919-2012), Australian politician, Member for Burrendong (19681971), (1973-1981) and for Castlereagh (19811991)
  • David Wotton AM (b. 1942), Australian former politician, Member for Heysen (1975-2002)
  • Mark Wotton (b. 1973), Canadian NHL ice hockey player

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Citations


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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