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Peter O. Chott was born in Bernbeuren (district Weilheim-Schongau/ Bavaria/ Germany) in 1950. 1957-1961 he attended the Primary School in Schongau, 1961-1970 the Grammar School. 1970-1973 he studied to become a teacher at the University of Munich. Since 1973 he works as a professional teacher in a Primary School. 1976 he started a second academic carreer at the University of Augsburg (Bavaria/Germany); also II. Staatsexamen. 1981 examination to a "Licenced Professional Tennis Instructor"; 1982 graduation to "Magister Artium "; 1988 graduation to " Dr. phil. " in the subjects: Schulpaedagogik, Allgemeine Paedagogik, Didaktik der Kunsterziehung. 1988/89 scientific assistant at the University of Augsburg. 1989-1991 avocational teachership at the University of Augsburg. Since 1990 headmaster of the Elsbethenschule, a Primary School in Memmingen (Bavaria/Germany - Lifecam). 1996 Habilitation at the University of Augsburg; venia legendi in Schulpaedagogik; graduation to "Dr. phil. habil.". 2001 chairman of the IPFF (Institute of Pedagogical Leadership and Continuation of studies) incorporated in BSV. 2001/2002 avocational teachership at Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten. Beginning at 2002 as a lecturer at the University of Augsburg. 2009 promotion to the position of a "Professor" at the University of Augsburg.
Origin of the name
Some people want to know, where the roots of the seldom "Chott-name" are. In fact the name is rare. In Germany and Austria you only will find some people, in USA and Great Britain some more are named "Chott". 'Halbent's family worldbook' (US-address: Div. Numa Co. Ltd; 3687 Ira Road; Bath, Ohio 44210 USA) told this. If you search in the Internet for "Chott" you'll get answers like "Chott el Jerid". But these actually are the names of dry saltlakes in Northern Africa and probably not the origin of our "Chott-name". Instead the way leads to Bohemia. In the telephone directory of Prague you can find a lot of people named "Chot". They are written with only one T, because in the Czechoslovacian language there are no double consonants. Dr. Karl Chott, an Austrian medical doctor, asked 1993 the Slavian Institut in Vienna and has got the following answer: 'Chot' is a short form of a double first name. This Christian (given) name is "Choteborz", which was shortened like Miroslav to 'Miro'. The pronounciation of "Chott" is [chott] or with a 'k' like [kott] or with a 'sch' like [schott]. This leads to related names like 'Kott' or 'Schott'.
Another root leads to the German town of Cottbus, because a certain "Heinricius de Chotebuz' is interesting for the history of that town. This man is mentioned in a document from 1156, but except the nomination Mr. de Chotebuz stayed unknown. Rolf von Loeffelholz - thank you very much for this interesting news - is citing a letter of a certain Mr. Pastor, who searched for the origin of the town's name.
Look at: Werner Pastor, Heinrich-Albertstraße 14, 03042 Cottbus, Schreiben vom 20.04.1995.
A third interesting possibility leads to the French Cartoonist Pierre Mouchot, who lived from 1911 to 1966. 'Chott' was his pseudonym and pen-name. For more interesting things look at the website http://www.lambiek.net/chott.htm !
Interesting collection about the ethymology (origins) of KOTT, KOT, COTT surnames by Alexander Kott
www.geocities.com/alexkott/KOTT-KOT-COTT/etymology.htm. (Url is no longer available!)
If you have news about the 'Chott-name', please send me an e-mail !