Show ContentsTroth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Troit' or Trote or Troyt. The nursery rhyme "Dame Trot and her Cat" is English with various versions in print over the years. "The name is frequently found in the Exchequer Lay Subsidies, Somerset." [1]

Other sources claims the name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word Trot, meaning "beloved, dear, friend" [2] while another claims the name denotes "descendant of Trott (defiance)" [3]

Early Origins of the Troth family

The surname Troth was first found in Surrey where Walter and Robert Trot were recorded in the Pipe Rolls for 1206 and later in the Curia Regis Rolls for Berkshire. William le Trot was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327. [4]

The Pipe Rolls, or Sheriff's Annual Accounts of the Counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Durham during the reigns of Henry II, Richard I and John list Robert filius Trote, 1165 and Richard filius Truite, 1179. [1]

In Somerset, early records there show Nicholas Truhyt, Thomas Troht, Robert Trote, Thomas Trut and Robert Tryut. All records were entered 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign.) [5] Jefthe French Trote was bailiff of Yarmouth, Norfolk in 1340. [6]

"The Trotts are now established in the neighbouring districts of Honiton and Cullompton [,Devon]. John Trott, one of the martyrs of Monmouth's rebellion in 1685, died on the scaffold at Bridgewater." [7]

Early History of the Troth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Troth research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1455, 1483, 1487, 1515, 1524 and 1619 are included under the topic Early Troth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Troth Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Trott, Trot, Troat, Troth, Troath, Trotman and others.

Early Notables of the Troth family

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New Zealand Troth migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Troth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Ann Troth, (b. 1824), aged 36, English settler from Somerset travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [8]
  • Mr. Henry Troth, (b. 1826), aged 34, English farm labourer from Somerset travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [8]
  • Mr. John Troth, (b. 1849), aged 11, English settler from Somerset travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [8]
  • Mr. George Troth, (b. 1853), aged 7, English settler from Somerset travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [8]
  • Miss Sarah Ann Troth, (b. 1858), aged 2, English settler from Somerset travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Troth (post 1700) +

  • Paul Troth (b. 1982), American former football quarterback for East Carolina University

SS Atlantic
  • J. Troth, who was traveling aboard the ship "SS Atlantic" when it struck rocks off Nova Scotia in 1873, died in the sinking


  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  7. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  8. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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