The Tott surname is thought to be independently derived from the Middle High German words "toto," meaning "death," or "tote," meaning "godfather." In either instance, the name was probably a nickname
, which later became a hereditary surname.
Early Origins of the Tott family
The surname Tott was first found in Germany
, where the name Tott came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries, most notably in Sweden. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.
Early History of the Tott family
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Tott Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Tott family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tott family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ferdinand Toth, who came to Indiana in 1852; George Toth, who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1893; Joel Franciscus Todt, who came to Pennsylvania in 1769.