Tottem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tottem family

The surname Tottem 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 Tottem family

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Tottem Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Tottem family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Tottem family to Ireland

Some of the Tottem family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Tottem family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Adam, Christopher, Edward, James, Mathew, Stevens, Thomas and William Totten arrived in Philadelphia between 1824 and 1866; E. J. Totten arrived in San Francisco in 1850.



The Tottem 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)


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