Origin of surname
This is perhaps a family name from the north of France and is either derived from the Germanic personal name 'Otto' or perhaps from the place-name Hotton in Belgium.
Alternatively, as Charles Stevens, who compiled our Comprehensive list of Jersey surnames, suggests, it could have English roots, from Houghton, or one of the many Huttons in England.
There are some 30 parishes and villages called Hutton or Hoton throughout England. The words are derived from the old English hoh, meaning a spur or ridge of a hill, and tun, meaning a homestead, hence the "homestead on the spur of a hill".
Thirdly, G.F.B. de Gruchy, in Medieval Land Tenures in Jersey, 208, wrote: "Hotton, a Jersey surname. This is probably from a lost place-name. From Old Norse hàr, high, and tun, farmyard or field. The former occurs in Hottot..and the latter in many Norman place-names in the forms -thun, -tun and -ton"
The name first appears in Jersey in the St Ouen baptism register in 1635, although if the link with England is accepted, it was known as Huddon in 1607 and de Huttone as early as 1340.
- Hotton, 1668
- Huddon 1607
- de Huttone c1340
The first two trees cover essentially the same descent but are from different sources, and contain different details
- Descendants of Philippe Hotton (1698)
- Descendants of Philippe Hotton (1777)
- Descendants of Charles Hotton
- Hotton baptisms in Jersey
- Hotton marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Hotton marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Hotton burials in Jersey
Great War service
Stephen Hotton passing through Snow Hill in his lorry
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The grave of Great War casualty John William Hotton at Mont-Bernanchon British Cemetery, Gonnehem, Near Bethune
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