Totman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Totman family

The surname Totman was first found in Middlesex, where they were Lords of the manor of Tottenham in that shire from ancient times. "This place, written in Domesday Book Toteham, and now sometimes called Tottenham High Cross, is a genteel village, consisting chiefly of one long street formed by houses irregularly arranged, on the road from London to Cambridge." [1] Literally the place name means "homestead or village of a man called Totta," from the Old English personal name + "ham." [2]

Early History of the Totman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Totman research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1959, 1685, 1758, 1731 and are included under the topic Early Totman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Totman Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Totman family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Totman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Totman family to Ireland

Some of the Totman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 280 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Totman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Totman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Totman, who arrived in New England in 1632 [3]
  • William Totman, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [3]


The Totman Motto +

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.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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