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Monday, April 1, 2013
Potters in the Scriptures
Always wondered about the origin of the surname Potter. Decided to look up references in the scriptures..... and found a good dozen. Most have to do with a potter/pot making/clay/potter's wheel or with burial in a potter's field. The verse from Jeremiah 18:6 is a good example: "O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel."
Wikipedia gives a concise definition of a potter's field: A potter's field or common grave is a term for a place for the burial of unknown or indigent people. The expression derives from the Bible, referring to a field used for the extraction of potter's clay, which was useless for agriculture but could be used as a burial site.
An additional search for "potter surname" on Wikipedia yielded this: "A potter is someone who makes pottery. The word potter originates from Old English pottere which was derived from medieval Latinpottarius."
What are your ideas about the origin of our surname???