When Elisabeth Potter was born on 17 July 1770, in Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Theophilus Potter, was 45 and her mother, Lois Walker, was 40. She died on 14 August 1775, in her hometown, at the age of 5.
English and Dutch; North German (Pötter): occupational name for a maker of drinking and storage vessels, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Low German pot. In the Middle Ages the term covered workers in metal as well as earthenware and clay.
In some cases also an Americanized form (translation into English) of Croatian, Serbian, and Slovenian Lončar ‘potter’ (see Loncar ), and probably also of cognates from some other languages, e.g. Czech Hrnčíř (see Hrncir ).