Anglo-Saxon name Troghton comes from when the family resided in Troughton, a small estate in the county of Lancashire. It is now known as Troughton Hall. The surname is derived from the Old English elements trog, which means trough or hollow, and tun, which means enclosure or settlement. The surname as a whole means "settlement in the valley."
Early Origins of the Troghton family
Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The family were Lords of the Manor of Great Lindford from about the 14th century. In the 17th century the main stem of the family name branched north to Lancashire where they acquired Leach Hall on the lands of Overton.
Early History of the Troghton family
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Troghton Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Troghton has been recorded under many different variations, including Troughton, Trowton, Troton, Trawton, Troeton and many more.
Early Notables of the Troghton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Troghton family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Troghton or a variant listed above: Frederick Troughton who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844; Isabel Troughton landed in America in 1698; Nicholas Troton settled in Virginia in 1638..
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