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Variants, Trottman, Trotter, Trottier. An occupational name, 'the trotter' i.e. a messenger, one who trotted back and forth with messages. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Throgmorton Trotman, of Co.Gloucestershire, who was recorded in 'Rudder's Histories Gloucestershire' in 1663 and a Richard White and Mary Trotman were married at the church of St.George, Hanover Square, in the year 1783. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. Other examples of this name were found in the person of a Johannes Trotter who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379.



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