The present generation of the Wottyn family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from 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 Wottyn family
The surname Wottyn 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 Wottyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wottyn 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 Wottyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wottyn Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Wottyn include Wooton, Wootton, Wootten, Wooten and others.
Early Notables of the Wottyn 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 Wottyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wottyn family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Wottyn were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.