PASE: Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England


[Image: Excerpt from the Domesday Book]
[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]


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Discussion of the name

Botic is a masculine Old English name, known only as a solitary example in Domesday Book. It was based on the element bōt (‘help’) with the suffix –ic (von Feilitzen 1937: 207). Such formations are not well recorded, with only one other found among TRE landowners (Æfic), but may have been more common in lower social ranks. Names in Bot– are much better represented in the pre-Viking period than afterwards, and in 1066 Botic might well have been a low-status archaic name. That would be quite appropriate for the social standing of its only bearer.


von Feilitzen 1937: Olof von Feilitzen, The Pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book, Nomina Germanica 3 (Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksells, 1937)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book: Botiz

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Bōtic

  Phillimore edition: Botic

  Alecto edition: Botic

Distribution map of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

Holder 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Holder 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Holder 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Sussex 9,57 Heathfield Botiz Botic 'of Hawksborough' - Robert, count of Eu Osbern fitzGeoffrey 0.50 0.25 0.25 A Map
Total               0.50 0.25 0.25  

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