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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.

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Joyce Pietila

I see John Potts of Kiltra in County Wexford posted here. I would like to know more about him. I am trying to place my ancestor, Thomas Potts (born in 1790's), in County Wexford as family stories say he emigrated from Enniscorthy area and Kiltra is in the vicinity. I have been unable to find my Potts line in County Wexford so far.

Susan Rimmington

My great great grandfather was John Potts from Kiltra County Wexford. My great grandmother with Catherine Potts who immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1887 and died in a terrible steamboat explosion on the Ohio River in Pittsburgh in 1913. I’m coming to Dublin in April to meet my cousins I met through ancestry DNA And we are going to visit the place where our great grandparents grew up in Kiltra.


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