Saturday, March 24, 2012

Potters & Potter Info @

Did you realize what a wealth of information awaits you at And you don't have to pay for it if you cannot. Ancestry Library Edition (almost the full-meal-deal) is available via your local Family Search Center and/or your public library. Go ask! And then start seeking those illusive Potter ancestors!

Potter Family History

Potter Name Meaning

English, Dutch, and North German (Pötter): occupational name for a maker of drinking and storage vessels, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Low German pot. In the Middle Ages the term covered workers in metal as well as earthenware and clay.
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
2,535,001 Historical Documents & Family Trees with Potter

Name Distribution of Potter Families

Well, I could not copy the map but the most Potter families were in New York; the next most populous states for Potters were MA-RI-CT-PA-OH.  And the last category were all the states east of the Mississippi River. 
Potter families in the U.S. in 1840, according to the U.S. Federal Census:
 317 - 632
 106 - 316
 1 - 105

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