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Pronunciation /ˈtrɪtən/
Language(s) English
Word/name Old Norse;
or Old Norse and Old English
Meaning"The farm of Trit"
Region of origin Duchy of Normandy (Falaise and Bayeux);
and Kingdom of England (Kent and Essex)
Other names
Alternative spellingTrittun (11th and Pre-11th Century) [1] ;
or Trytton (17th and Pre-17th Century) [2] ;
or Tritten (17th and Pre-17th Century) [3]
Variant form(s)تريتن (Arabic);
トリトン (Japonese);
Триттон (Russian);
Trıtton (Turkish)
Related namesTritten [4]

Tritton is an English surname of Anglo-Norman origin. [5]



The name originates from an Anglo-Scandinavian combination of the personal name Trit and of the second element ton. [6] The family name translates as "The farm of Trit". The first element Trit originates either from the Old East Norse dialect þryzker itself from Old Norse þrjózkr ("defiant"); compare with modern Swedish noun trots ("defiance"); meaning "The defiant one" [7] or from the Old Norse þróttr ("force", "power"); compare with modern Icelandic noun þróttur ("vigor", "force"); meaning the "The strong one". The second element ton originates from either Old English tūn or Old Norse tún, both sharing the same meaning ("enclosure", "settlement", "farm"). [8]

Region of origin

The name occurs in Stapylton's Rolls of the Norman Exchequer and in the ''Mémoires des Antiquaires de Normandie''  [ fr ] as holding lands in the neighborhood of Falaise and Bayeux in Normandy (France) as well as in the counties of Kent and Essex in England during the period covering the end of the 11th Century to the beginning of the 13th Century. [9] The surname also appears in the Lancashire Pipe rolls in the year 1203 with a certain Walter de Tritton, the latter being mentioned as owing half a mark "to be acquitted from an appeal, probably of murder". [10]

The Scandinavian origin of the name is reinforced by the etymologies of the Norwegian parish of Tretten as well as of the German village of Trittenheim taking its roots from a Norsemen settlement during the Viking raids in the Rhineland.


Notable people with the name include:

See also

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