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Dates
The earliest bearer of the name was Holman Cotton, who was born in III 2902 (1302 by the Shire-reckoning)
Race
Culture
Settlements
Particularly associated with Bywater
Pronunciation
co'tton
Meaning
A translation of Hlothran, a village name describing a collection of small Hobbit-holes
Other names
Hlothran

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Cotton Family

The descendants of Cottar

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Cottar, the founder of the Cotton clan, was born some two hundred years before the War of the Ring. It was his grandson, Holman, who was the first to take the surname Cotton. 'Long Hom', as Holman was known, is also the first of the Cottons to be explicitly connected with the village of Bywater, which remained the seat of the family from that time on. Indeed, the name 'Cotton' means 'cottage town', and may actually be a reference to Bywater village.

Holman's son Tolman farmed the lands to the south of Bywater, and it was he who made the family one of the most important in the Shire. He played a significant part in the decisive Battle of Bywater, the most important step in the recovery of the Shire from Sharkey's Men, and his daughter Rose married Sam Gamgee in the following spring.


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