Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/groups/gotts
Contact: Mr Ian Gotts
Although some think it is of German origin, the name originated in Norfolk, England. It then spread up the North East coast, to London and to Canada, USA and Australia. Did you know it means:
“ a person who lived by water or a watercourse”
I am always pleased to hear from anyone about the name and will add any references you have to my databases for use by others.
Given the location, the whole area was swamp, marsh, flooded, so anyone living there could easily be given this name. It may be a 'genitival name ie 'of Gotte' though no instances of this are known.
Earliest record is now Godui GOTT in 1095 in Bury St Edmunds (Reaney)
There are records of a Richard Gottes in 1361, a bishop in one of the Norfolk churches, and Henry Gottes of Clippesby recorded in Feudal Aids in 1362. Many more are described on the website showing how the name most likely came about.
I have registered a DNA Project with Family TreeDNA which can be accessed at familytreeDNA Gotts project
It is hoped this will clarify which families are connected, and whether the name names from a single source.
If you are a direct male descendant of a Gotts then please contact me for a free DNA kit.
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