Last name: Pote

This interesting name has two possible origins, the most likely being of locational nature, and deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century 'polt' meaning one who dwelt in a hollow or by a pit. The second although less likely possibility, is as a shortened form of Philpott, itself a derivative of Philip, the ancient Greek meaning 'the horse lover'. The name development has included Roger Potte, (1311, Colchester) William Pottes (1540, Whitby) and Joseph Poate, of Astan Flamville, Leicester, who married Anne Usher in 1748. In the modern idiom the surname has several spelling variants including Poate, Pote, Potte and Potts, Pottes, and Potes. The plural, as it occurs, probably implying 'son of Pot'. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Pot, which was dated 1115, in the Pipe Rolls of Winton in Hampshire, during the reign of King Henry 1, known as the Adminstrater, 1100 - 1135. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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there are various surnames in line with Pote.originated from potus,

The word "pote" was also a term for a "poker" used to stir up fires. It is possible that they were blacksmiths, as well. It seems certain that they were craftsmen of some sort, since Blacksmithing, surveying, and shipbuilding have been in the familty for a very long time.

Another possible explanation: The long and noble heritage behind the name of Pote first began in medieval France. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Many people, such as the Pote family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Pote was an occupational name for a maker of clay and metal drinking and storage vessels deriving its origin from the Latin word "potus," meaning "to drink."