Pott Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Pott Origin:

England, Ireland

Origins of Pott:

This interesting name has two possible sources, the most similar being of geographical nature, and acquiring from the Olde English pre 7th Century ‘polt’ which means one who resided in a hollow or by a clear land. The second although a less similar possibility, is a shortened form of Philpott, itself acquired from Philip, the old Greek word, which means ‘the horse lover.’ The name advancement has contained one Roger Potte, (1311, Colchester) William Pottes (1540, Whitby) and Joseph Poate, of Astan Flamville, Leicester, who married Anne Usher in 1748. In the new era the surname has many spelling forms contain as Poate, Pote, Potte and Potts, Pottes, and Potes. The plural, as it happens, perhaps meaning ‘son of Pot.’


More common variations are: Pyott, Potty, Potte, Poett, Potta, Potti, Pottu, Potto, Piott, Poutt.


The surname Pott first appeared in Durham where they held a family seat from old times and their first records were found on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to decide the rate of taxation of their services.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Richard Pot, dated about 1115, in the “Pipe Rolls of Winton in Hampshire.” It was during the time of King Henry I, who was known to be the “Administrator,” dated 1100-1135. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.


Many of the people with surname Pott had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Pott landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Pott who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included John Pott settled in Virginia in the year 1620. Elizabeth Pott, who came to Virginia in the year 1623. William Pott settled in Barbados in 1635. William Pott who settled in Barbados in 1635. Francis Pott, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in the year 1648.

People with the surname Pott who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Degenhart Pott, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734. Johann Wilhelm Pott, Wilhelmus Pott and Georg Pott, all arrived in Pennsylvania in the same year 1734.

The following century saw more Pott surnames arrive. Some of the people with the name Pott who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Cath Pott, who came to Pennsylvania in 1803. Frantz Pott, who landed in Pennsylvania in the year 1803. Gideon Pott, who landed in New York in 1810. John Pott landed in New York in 1812. Sophia A Dorothea Pott, who arrived in America in the year 1846.


Some of the individuals with the surname Pott who landed in Australia in the 19th century included George Pott arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between the year 1825 and 1832. William Kellow Pott at the age of 22, arrived in South Australia in the year 1854 aboard the ship “Star Queen.”

Here is the population distribution of the last name Pott: Germany 4,842; Brazil 1,208; United States 997; England 645; Belize 542; Argentina 358; South Africa 329; Netherlands 261; Australia 240; Canada 238.

Notable People:

Aaron Pott (born 1967), is an American wine manufacturer.

Alfred Pott (1822-1908), was a British archdeacon.

August Pott (1802–1887), was a German scholar.

Carol Pott (born 1964), is an American author.

Francis Pott (born 1957), is a British performer.

Francis Lister Hawks Pott (1864–1947), was an American professor

Fritz Pott (1939–2015), was a German football player.

George F. Pott, Jr. (1943–2001), was an American political leader.

Joel Pott (born 1979), is a British singer.

John Pott (died 1645), was an English doctor and political leader.

Johnny Pott (born 1935), is an American golfer.

Joseph Pott (1759–1847), was a British archdeacon.

H. Percivall Pott (1908–1964), was a British political leader.

Percival Pott (1714–1788), was a British specialist.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Stancliff, co. Derby, and co. Chester). Barry of ten ar. and sa. on a bend az. three trefoils slipped or. Crest—On a mount vert a greyhound couchant gu. collared and ringed or.
2) (London, and co. Norfolk). Az. two bars or, over all a bend of the last. Crest, granted 1583—A leopard, or ounce, sejant ppr. collared, lined, and ringed az. Another Crest—On a mount vert an ounce sejant ppr. collared and chained or.
3) (Pott Hall, co. Chester). Same Arms. Crest—A wild cat sejant, collared and chained or.
4) (Bentham Hill, co. Kent). Motto—Fortis et astutus. Az. two bars debruised by a bendlet or. Crest—On a mount vert a leopard sejant ppr. collared and chained or.

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