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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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


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.


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


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


Some of the Trotter 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.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Trotter Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Trotter, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1652
  • Joane Trotter, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • John and Joanne Trotter, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Ann Trotter, who arrived in Virginia in 1666
  • Elizabeth Trotter, who landed in Maryland in 1675

Trotter Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • James Trotter, who settled in New Hampshire in 1718

Trotter Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Trotter, aged 60, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Thomas Trotter, aged 41, landed in New York in 1812
  • Jonathan Trotter, who landed in New York in 1825
  • James Trotter, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Robert Trotter, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866


  • DeeDee Trotter (b. 1982), African-American five-time gold medalist track and field athlete
  • Jeremiah Trotter (b. 1977), African-American NFL football player who played from 1998 to 2001
  • William Monroe Trotter, African-American newspaper editor and protest leader
  • William R Trotter, American writer
  • Obadiah Nelson "Obie" Trotter (b. 1984), American professional basketball player
  • Donne Trotter (b. 1950), American politician, Member of the Illinois Senate (1993-)
  • Mildred Trotter (1899-1991), American forensic anthropologist, eponym of the Mildred Trotter Prize
  • Neville Trotter, English Member of Parliament
  • Liam Antony Trotter (b. 1988), English professional football midfielder
  • Alexander E. "Alex" Trotter, English footballer who played from 1920 to 1928



  • The Guardian of Boston: William Monroe Trotter by Stephen R. Fox.
  • Troutman Family History by Flodene Parks Troutman.

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