When Mary Cotton was born in 1754, in Ashton under Hill, Gloucestershire, England, her father, Joseph Cotton, was 33 and her mother, Anne Cole, was 34.
English: habitational name from any of numerous places called from Old English (æt) 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). Particularly common in Staffordshire.
French: from a pet form of the personal name Nicolas (see Nicholas ), derived via Nicot, or of the personal name Jacques , derived via Jacot.
History: John Cotton (1584–1652) was a noted Puritan preacher, who landed at Boston, MA, from London in 1633 and became leader of the Congregationalists in America.