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Where did the English Trotter family come from? What is the English Trotter family crest and coat of arms? When did the Trotter family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Trotter family history?

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

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.


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

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

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Some of the Trotter 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:

Trotter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Trotter, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1652
  • Joane Trotter, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • John and Joanne Trotter, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Ann Trotter, who arrived in Virginia in 1666
  • Elizabeth Trotter, who landed in Maryland in 1675


Trotter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James Trotter, who settled in New Hampshire in 1718

Trotter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alexander Trotter, aged 60, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Thomas Trotter, aged 41, landed in New York in 1812
  • Jonathan Trotter, who landed in New York in 1825
  • James Trotter, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Robert Trotter, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

Trotter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Trotter, English convict from Northumberland, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William J. Trotter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838
  • Ann Trotter, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Harvey Trotter, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"
  • James Trotter, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

Trotter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Peter Trotter landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Trotter landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843 aboard the ship Ursula
  • William Trotter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • John Trotter, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
  • Arthur Trotter, aged 60, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880


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  • Mildred Trotter (1899-1991), American forensic anthropologist, eponym of the Mildred Trotter Prize
  • Donne Trotter (b. 1950), American politician, Member of the Illinois Senate (1993-)
  • Obadiah Nelson "Obie" Trotter (b. 1984), American professional basketball player
  • Jeremiah Trotter (b. 1977), African-American NFL football player who played from 1998 to 2001
  • DeeDee Trotter (b. 1982), African-American five-time gold medalist track and field athlete
  • William R Trotter, American writer
  • William Monroe Trotter, African-American newspaper editor and protest leader
  • Alexander E. "Alex" Trotter, English footballer who played from 1920 to 1928
  • Liam Antony Trotter (b. 1988), English professional football midfielder
  • Neville Trotter, English Member of Parliament

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  • The Guardian of Boston: William Monroe Trotter by Stephen R. Fox.
  • Troutman Family History by Flodene Parks Troutman.
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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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  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Trotter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trotter 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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