When Laura Viola Trotter was born in November 1873, in Arkansas, United States, her father, James Trotter, was 37 and her mother, Rebecca Fern Irene Poer Trotter, was 24. She lived in Pierce City, Lawrence, Missouri, United States in 1880. She died on 16 November 1882, at the age of 9, and was buried in Pierce City Cemetery, Pierce City, Lawrence, Missouri, United States.
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.