When William Trotter was born on 23 May 1834, in Horndean, Berwickshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, William Trotter, was 24 and his mother, Cecilia Cockburn, was 20. He married Janet Hopper on 26 June 1857, in Greenlaw, Berwickshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Ladykirk, Berwickshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1834 and Greenlaw, Berwickshire, Scotland, United Kingdom for about 30 years. He died on 16 October 1902, at the age of 68.
English (northern; also found in southern Scotland): perhaps from an unrecorded sense of Middle English trotter ‘one who rides a trotting horse’, a derivative of Middle English trotten ‘to ride at a trot, at a fast pace’. It may have been given to a messenger (see Trotman ). Alternatively, perhaps from a shortened form of an unrecorded Middle English trotterer ‘dealer in trotting horses’, a derivative of Middle English trotter (Old French trotier) ‘horse that trots’.
German: occupational name for a vintner, from a derivative of Middle High German trot(t)e ‘winepress’ (a loan translation from Latin calcatura). The word and the surname are confined largely to Alsace, Lorraine, Switzerland, and Swabia.