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Totten Genealogy and Totten Family History Information

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About the Totten surname

The British claim that they invented surnames. The Doomsday book refers to the surname Totten as a derivative from "tot" meaning a village fool or idiot, however, the word "toten" is German for "dead"; as in the name of the German punk rock band "Die Toten Hosen (The dead Trousers)" . The East and West Totten and Totten Mountain still exist in Norway. If you follow migration patterns it's easy to see that Totten family migration from Germany to Norway and then to the UK; Scotland, Ireland and then England and the States, is highly plausible. No, I cannot be 100% sure; however, it's a better explanation than anything else I have seen. The only way to solve it is to match Y-DNA from families in Germany, Sweden, and the UK. If there is a significant match then the issue is solved.