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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Trotter, Troter, Trottar, Trotman, Troutman and others.

First found in Berwickshire where their first seat was at Prentannan in that shire, and in Durham where Robert Trotter was tenant-in- Chief of King Edward the Confessor in the year 1050.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trotman research. Another 310 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1479, 1570, 1715, and 1745 are included under the topic Early Trotman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Trotman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 208 words(15 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:

Trotman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Trotman, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1645
  • Jesse Trotman, who landed in America in 1654-1679
  • Stephen Trotman, who landed in America in 1654-1679
  • Mary Trotman, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Trotman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Lewis Trotman, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Edwd Trotman, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

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  • Lloyd Trotman (1923-2007), American jazz bassist from Boston
  • Julia Lyman Trotman (b. 1968), American bronze medalist sailor at the 1992 Olympic Games
  • Neal Anthony Trotman (b. 1987), English footballer from Levenshulme, Manchester
  • Alexander James Trotman (1933-2005), Baron Trotman, English businessman, Ford Motor Company's first foreign-born chairman and CEO
  • David John Angelo Trotman (b. 1951), English mathematician from Plymouth
  • Ebenezer Trotman (d. 1865), English architect of churches and railway stations in the Tewkesbury area
  • Mickey Trotman (1974-2001), Trinidad and Tobago footballer
  • Wayne Gerard Lionel Trotman (b. 1964), British independent filmmaker, writer, photographer and composer


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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: Fortis non ferox
Motto Translation: Brave, not ferocious.

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The Trotman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trotman 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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