Origin of the Name Cotter
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Cotter
include McCotter and Cottar. This name is deriv,ed from the Gaelic MacCoitir, originally MacOitir, set that was located in County Cork in the southern part of Ireland . Ballymacotter, meaning 'Cotters town' still marks their original location.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The earliest record this Irish name occurs in the ancient documents 'The Annals of the Four Masters' in the year 1142, when the son of MacOitir assumed the Chieftainship and Government of Dublin. The MacOitir referred to was one of the Gaels of the Hebridies. The Cotter families were well established by the year 1300 and in the sixteenth century Fiants there are several references to MacCotters, all of these being from Cork. When Gaelic names were anglicized during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries they were often changed to Anglo equivalents that sounded most like their original Gaelic name. The Gaelic names MacOitir and MacCoitir became anglicized to Cotter in the seventeenth century. Notable bearers of the name include William and Thomas Cotter who were Gaelic Poets of that century, and whose songs still survive. Sir James Fitz Edmond Cotter (1630–1705), was a Colonial Governor and the Commander-in-Chief of King James's forces in the Williamite War.
The Cotter coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Cotter descendants.