name Trowton comes from the family having 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 Trowton family
The surname Trowton was first found in 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 Trowton family
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Trowton Spelling Variations
Trowton has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Troughton, Trowton, Troton, Trawton, Troeton and many more.
Early Notables of the Trowton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Trowton family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Trowtons to arrive on North American shores: Frederick Troughton who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844; Isabel Troughton landed in America in 1698; Nicholas Troton settled in Virginia in 1638..