The name ‘Potts’ originates from England. It is a patronymic of the name ‘Pott’, derived from a medieval given name, an aphetic form of the name ‘Philpott’. It is a topographic name for someone who lived by a depression in the ground, from the Middle English word ‘pot’ meaning potter used in this transferred sense. It is also a habitation name from one of the many places so called. The frequency of ‘Potts’ as a surname is owing to the once great popularity of the apostolic name ‘the son of Philip’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Potts’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the Thirteenth century were a ‘Colin Pott’, from the county of Lincolnshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Thomas Potts’, of Scottish origin, a Jacobite prisoner. He sailed from the Port of Liverpool aboard the ship named the ‘Friendship’ on t… Coat of arms: Argen…
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