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OTHER FORMS: Coton, Cottam, Cotham
CONTRIBUTOR: anonymous on 5/27/2012
Meaning & History
English: habitational name from any of numerous places named from Old English cotum
(dative plural of cot
) ‘at the cottages or huts’ (or sometimes possibly from a Middle English plural, coten
). Examples include Coton (Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire), Cottam (East Yorkshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire), and Cotham (Nottinghamshire).
French: from a diminutive of Old French cot(t)e
‘coat (of mail)’ (see Cott