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Gotts Surname Family History


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The name GOTT

The name GOTTS is often misrecorded or mistranscribed as GOTT, and it has been suggested that they are related.. Click here for the history of the GOTT and GOTTS name.

The most prominent family in Yorkshire is Benjamin Ewart Gott of Leeds, who built a wool factory there, which grew to be the biggest in the world. He bought land and established what is now Gott’s Park, which frequently loses its apostrophe to make it ‘Gotts Park’.

There was a prominent family in London and Sussex, originating from a Peter Gott in Therfield, Hertfordshire. His son Samuel moved to London, and Samuel’s son and grandson both became Members of Parliament, whose families owned a significant ironworks in Sussex as well as trading in Amsterdam and Leghorn. After the male heirs died out, the name and fortune was passed to a ‘kinsman’ Henry Thomas Greening who had been landscape gardener to the King. This was done by Act of Parliament, and he became Sir Henry Thomas Gott. He lived at ‘Newlands’, in Buckinghamshire, now where the Chiltern Museum resides.  See here for some details.

He also erected a monument there, now called Gott’s Monument. The origins of this family stops at Peter at Therfield at present.

The main concentrations of the names in UK are shown below:

Other sources

When you look at the Ellis Island records for New York, there are a number of Gotz from Germany included under Gotts, so in the US there is more scope for Gottses to be of Germanic origin.


There is a rumour of Gottses coming from Germany, and a marriage to a German princess, but I have found no evidence of it yet. (Feel free to send any if you have it!)




Yorkshire,especially Leeds/Calverley

East coast of Yorkshire





History of the name - Gott

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