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The surname Trotman was first found in Berwickshire where their first seat was at Prentannan in that shire, and in Durham where Robert Trotter was tenant-in-Chief of King Edward the Confessor in the year 1050.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Trotter, Troter, Trottar, Trotman, Troutman and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trotman research. Another 310 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1479, 1570, 1715, and 1745 are included under the topic Early Trotman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Trotman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Trotman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Trotman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Trotman, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1645
  • Jesse Trotman, who landed in America in 1654-1679
  • Stephen Trotman, who landed in America in 1654-1679
  • Mary Trotman, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Trotman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Lewis Trotman, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Edwd Trotman, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

Trotman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • M. Trotman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849
  • A. Trotman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849

Trotman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • M.A. Trotman arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Albemarle" in 1862

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  • Julia Lyman Trotman (b. 1968), American bronze medalist sailor at the 1992 Olympic Games
  • Lloyd Trotman (1923-2007), American jazz bassist from Boston
  • Ebenezer Trotman (d. 1865), English architect of churches and railway stations in the Tewkesbury area
  • David John Angelo Trotman (b. 1951), English mathematician from Plymouth
  • Alexander James Trotman (1933-2005), Baron Trotman, English businessman, Ford Motor Company's first foreign-born chairman and CEO
  • Neal Anthony Trotman (b. 1987), English footballer from Levenshulme, Manchester
  • Wayne Gerard Lionel Trotman (b. 1964), British independent filmmaker, writer, photographer and composer
  • Mickey Trotman (1974-2001), Trinidad and Tobago footballer


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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: Fortis non ferox
Motto Translation: Brave, not ferocious.

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The Trotman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trotman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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