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Where did the English Totten family come from? What is the English Totten family crest and coat of arms? When did the Totten family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Totten family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Totten, Totton, Todden, Todenham, Tottenham and others.

First found in Middlesex, where they were Lords of the manor of Tottenham in that shire from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Totten research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Totten History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Totten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Totten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 222 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Totten Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Edward Totten, who arrived in America in 1782

Totten Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Adam, Christopher, Edward, James, Mathew, Stevens, Thomas, and William Totten arrived in Philadelphia between 1824 and 1866
  • John Totten, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847
  • E. J. Totten arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • Amanda Totten, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1894
  • J.R. Totten, aged 33, who emigrated to America, in 1895


Totten Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Edward A. Totten, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Miss M. E. Totten, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Margaret Totten, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States from Londonderry, in 1904
  • Samuel Totten, aged 21, who landed in America from Armagh, in 1906
  • Geo. O. Totten, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906


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  • Joseph Gilbert Totten (1788-1864), American Chief Engineer, regent of the Smithsonian Institution and cofounder of the National Academy of Sciences, eponym of Fort Totten, North Dakota
  • Heath Edward Totten (b. 1978), American Minor League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • Robert C. Totten (1937-1995), American television director, writer, and actor who directed twenty-seven Gunsmoke episodes from 1966 to 1971
  • James Totten (1818-1871), American general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • Charles Adelle Lewis Totten (1851-1908), American military officer, professor of military tactics and author
  • Silas Totten (1804-1873), American educator, the second President of the University of Iowa
  • George Oakley Totten Jr. (1866-1939), American architect in Washington D.C
  • Willie Totten (b. 1962), head coach of the Mississippi Valley State University
  • Alex Totten, Scottish football personality
  • Alex Totten, former Scottish association football player and manager


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ad astra sequor
Motto Translation: I follow to the stars.

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The Totten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Totten Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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