Last name: Potter

Recorded in various spellings including Podder, Potter, Powter, and Powder, this is an English surname. It is occupational for a maker of drinking and storage vessels, from the Olde English pre 7th century word "pott", itself derived from the Roman (Latin) "pottus," meaning drink or draught. Job descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and became hereditary when a son followed a father into the same business or profession. In the Middle Ages the term "potter" covered workers in metal as well as earthenware and clay; the potter was sometimes a bell-founder. The surname has been variously recorded in England and early examples include Geoffrey Poter in the Curia Regis rolls of Leicestershire in 1196; John le Potier in the Pipe Rolls of Essex for 1197; and Lambert le Pottur in the Curia Regis rolls of Essex in 1214. Other later recordings showing the surname development and taken from the surviving registers of the diocese of Greater London are those of John Powter at St Martins in the Field, Westminster, on February 14th 1717, and George Powder and his wife Caroline, who were witnesses at the christening of their son Godfrey at St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney, on November 18th 1759. The most famous namebearer is probably Beatrix Potter (1866 - 1943), the English author and illustrator. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Seuard le Potter. This was dated 1172, in the transcripts of charters relating to the Gilbertine Houses, during the reign of King Henry 11nd of England, 1154 - 1189. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Crystal Potter

I married a Potter. What drove us nuts was when I was pregnant the last two times, we got told by everyone, you should name him Harry. And even still some will say you should have named him Harry. I love both the books and movies but come on the jokes get old after the first 1000 or so.

Harriett Potter

Lots of Potter's around.. for I am a Potter also.....!!

Margo Potter
I just tell everyone I am Harry Potter's aunt! haha. My brand new niece's name is Lilly Potter. Oh, boy, are people going to have fun with that!

andrew potter
i like how potter came from one of the original artisan jobs and to this day alot of note worthy artisans carry the name potter like my self hahaha

Michael Potter
Michael Potter, wow never thought we went back to the 600's AD. Back home in "PotterTown" North Carolina we had a bad.. "Rep" as being mean as Hell and for Killing over Land and arguements went wrong.. As a KIDD with 2 sister's and 5 brother's "8 in all of us" we were ALL almost kill'd by the LAW shooting up ower house with all of us in it...thank GOD ower Aunt Rose walk'd a 1/4 mile and stop'd them by telling then thay were kid's in the house...It's a long Story. .....Anyway get the Book "MY KILLING KIN" about Potter's of Pottertown, North Carolina. ............Mike Potter.

Michael Potter
We were,and still are ALL likeable Even YOU can get Mean if ppl push you far Enuff.

Hana Potter
Lol, never forget Harry of course, I get the jokes far worse for being H Potter XD

Molly Potter
I used to hate the name Potter but it has grown on me since an American friend of mine told me it just sounds so quintessentially English. it landed me the nickname of Potty for the first 18 years of my life!

molly potter
My name is Molly Potter too!!!!!!!!!

Sara Potter
I like Harry Potter just fine, but the "Any relation to Harry?" jokes got old more than *ten years ago*. ENOUGH!

Michael Potter
I get that from time to time, I just laugh it off lol. Sara, the only ppl who say it are ppl who like's OR know's you__...Right..??

Linda Potter
My husband hates that too. He just tells them "No, but I am the hairy Potter". It's kind of funny how many people are confused by that response. Then the jokes on them 'cause they don't get it :)

Amanda Potter
I just tell them I am Harry from the waist down :/

martin potter

An irish sick and tired of that"any relation to Harry"

I hate having to share my last name with a wizard!! I don't even like Harry Potter at all!! urgh!!

Ani Collier
I know it must be annoying, but you have to admit, that book series is one of the best things in creation, ever.

Jade Potter
Typical, here we all are and what are we discussing? Freking Harry Potter! Thanks JK Rowling lol

Jeremy Craine
My grandma was a redhead maiden name was Jenni Potter

D. Potter
My grandfather, father and older brother are all named Harry Potter. Every time a new book or movie would come out, the prank calls would last all night long. My dad just laughed it off

Victoria Potter
Well my uncles name was Harry.....and my dog's name is "Hairy Potter" and he came with that name XD I love my last name

James Potter

How would you like to share the name of Harry Potter's Father. Lilly Evans try's to contact me all the time

Cathy Potter Biehl

My maiden name is Cathy Potter. My paternal grandfather's name was Harold Potter. I too hated my name was I was young. Now I tell everybody my grandfather was Harry Potter.