Last name: Potts

This interesting surname is a patronymic of Pott, which is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has two possible sources. The first source is from a medieval given name, which is an aphetic form of Philpott, which is itself a diminutive of Philip, from the Greek "Philippos" from "philein", to love, and "hippos", horse. The second source is topographical for someone who lived by a depression in the ground, from the Middle English (1200 - 1500) "pot", from the Olde English pre 7th Century "pott", pot, used to describe a hole or a pit. The name could also be locational from one of the minor places deriving their name from this element. The surname development since 1115 (see below) includes: Petronilla Potes (1311, Yorkshire); Roger Potte (1352, Yorkshire); and William Pottes (1540, Yorkshire). The modern surname can be found as Pott, Potts, Potkins, and the diminutives include: Potkin, Potte and Potell. One Anthony Potts, aged 27 yrs., was an early emigrant to America, leaving London on board the "Paule", bound for "Virginea", in July 1635. The marriage was recorded in London of Charles Potts and Susannah Wright, on April 9th 1646, at St. Olave's, Hart Street. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Godwin Pot, which was dated 1115, in the "Book of Winton", Hampshire, during the reign of King Henry 1, known as "The Lion of Justice", 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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Chris
Hi Louann...

Likel, the Kroens as it's a German surname while Potts is British.

Here's the best explanation I was able to find:

Louann Kroen
My son's father was the son of one of two twins: Harry and (?) Potts. When the boys were infants/young boys, their parents felt they could not raise them, having already had multiple twins and triplets, gave the twin sons to their neighbors, the Kroens. When the boys grew up, they went separate ways: my son's grandad Harry chose to keep the Kroen name out of loyalty to the people who raised him, and his twin brother chose to use the Potts name because, after all, he was still a Potts, regardless. I have nothing more to go on. I want to give my son a sense of his lineage: the Potts family. In spite of his name legally being Kroen. To know one's roots, one's ancestors, you have to honor your blood line. And I do not know the details of the Potts parents' decision to offer their twin sons to their neighbors, but I do know that rearing and providing for many children as immigrants in a new world around the turn of the previous century could not have been an easy matter. (I was told by the grandmother that both families were living in a kind of "immigrants community", maybe in Indiana, but I can't recall for certain, and she is gone. The only other thing she kept repeating to me is that "we are Black Germans", and no matter how many times I asked her, she would not explain what she meant. She would just repeat it, emphasizing "Black Germans". Any thoughts on any of this? I don't even know if she was saying that the Potts were "Black Germans" or that the Kroens were. No matter how hard I search, I keep finding lots of nothing.

Barb
John Potts who was along on the Lewis and Clark expedition in the early 19th century is usually recorded to be of German origin and a miller by trade. I'd like to know more about what became of him afterwards.

Dagnija
Hello, we are from Latvia and we have found in the wood, where were war battles (Kurzemes katls), gold wedding ring with engraving (585 L.Potts). Ring were on soldier finger who were from Germany army. If some one could help us to find the wife (L.Potss), we would like to give back this ring to the owner's soldier wife.