Trotter Family History

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Trotter Name Meaning

Northern English and Scottish: occupational name for a messenger, from an agent derivative of Middle English trot(en) ‘to walk fast’ (Old French troter, of Germanic origin, akin to 2 below). German: occupational name for a grape-treader, from a derivative of Middle High German trot(t)e ‘winepress’. The word and the surname are confined largely to Alsace, Lorraine, Switzerland, and Swabia.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Rotter, Tretter, Trottier, Otter, Gritter, Zotter, Fritter, Cotter

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Trotter Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Trotter name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Trotter. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Trotter Family Origin

Where is the Trotter family from?

Trotter Family Occupations

What did your Trotter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Trotter. A less common occupation for the Trotter family was Farm Laborer. The most common Trotter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Trotter's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Trotter ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Trotter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 113,000 census records available for the last name Trotter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Trotter census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Trotter. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Trotter. For the veterans among your Trotter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Trotter Life Expectancy

What is the average Trotter lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Trotter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Trotter in 1940 was 48, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Trotter ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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