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Gender: surname
Pronunciation: POT-ur
Meaning: someone who makes pottery
Related Names: Potts, Pott, Potterson, Pottle

Length: 6 Gender: {{#if surname



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: potter Origin: (English),, Meaning (no case): someone who makes pottery



Potter is one of the many English surnames that are derived from the occupation of the holder of the name. Someone named Potter was someone who 'made earthen vessels' (pottery); someone named Thatcher thatched roofs, and someone who milled things was Miller, bakers were Baker. Well, you get the picture. These are the English surnames that came from occupations and then were transferred onwards for generations, of course regardless of the occupation of the children. [1]


Potter is the 376th most common last name in the U.S, according to the 1990 U.S. census.[1] In the U.K., Potter is even more popular/common than in the U.S. In 2002, Potter was ranked the 202nd most common surname in England, Wales and the Isle of Mann. [1]


  • Harry Potter is probably the most famous Potter of all time, despite the fact that he's a fictional character. The main character of J.K. Rowling's books about a lot of wizards and their experiences at wizarding school and in the wizarding world is Harry Potter, and his name has long ago become a household name. The first book in the series came out just over ten years ago, but the popularity of Harry Potter has been unstoppable. Googling 'Potter' inevitably takes you to hundreds of links about Harry Potter; if our digital world is any indication, Harry is the most famous of Potter's.
  • Potter Syndrome or Potter's Syndrome is a congenital birth defect. Clinically, it can also be called Oligohydramnios Sequence because it has to do with decreased oligohydramnios fluid, sometimes caused by kidney malfunction or failure. Suffice it to say that 'Potter Syndrome' is easier for the non-clinical to remember.[1]


The following places in the U.S. have Potter in their name:

  • Potter, Nebraska
  • Potter, New York
  • Potter, Wisconsin
  • Potter County, Pennsylvania
  • Potter Township, Pennsylvania
  • Potter County, South Dakota
  • Potter County, Texas
  • Potter Lake, Wisconsin

There is also Potters Bar in Hertfordshire, England. [1]


  • Beatrix Potter was an English children's book writer who wrote 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit'
  • Paulus Potter was a famous Dutch painter
  • Don Potter was a British sculptor and potter
  • Archie Potter was an Irish composer


Author: Rachel Hanson

Facts about PotterRDF feed
Gender surname  +
Length 6  +
Meaning someone who makes pottery  +
Meaningnc someone who makes pottery  +
Name potter  +
Origin English  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation POT-ur  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Potts  +, Pott  +, Potterson  +, and Pottle  +
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