Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from a medieval personal name, a short form of Philpott.
- English: topographic name for someone who lived by a depression in the ground, from Middle English pot ‘drinking or storage vessel’ used in this transferred sense, or a habitational name from one of the minor places deriving their name from this word, in the sense ‘pit’, ‘hole’.
- English and North German (Lower Rhine-Westphalia): metonymic occupational name for a potter, from Middle English, Middle Low German pot ‘pot’. See also Potter.
- North German: topographic name for someone living on a low-lying plot, from Low German dialect pōt ‘puddle’.
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