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Between Troll and Trollop, Or, An Etymologist's Small Worries
Filed in Oxford Etymologist on January 3, 2007; By Anatoly Liberman. . . .
let us turn to the origin of troll "mythological being." The history of that word is also unknown, except that in the modern European languages it is a borrowing from Scandinavian. However, trolls seem to have arisen more to the south. . . .
The most ancient trolls must have been treated on a par with elves, dwarves, and even the gods. , , ,
the last name Trollope, or Trollop, has no opprobrious connotations: it is derived from troll-hope, that is, "troll valley"; hope "valley; bay" is a well-known north-country word.
Anatoly Liberman is the author of "Word Origins...And How We Know Them."
Wolves (quoted from a Trollope history by David Frederick Trollope dated 15/6/1919):
The Trollope Family's romantic history dates back to very early times. Their extraction generally traced to the Trollopes of Thornlaw in Durham but Anthony Trollope the novelist, a grandson of the fourth Baronet, lays claim to a much more romantic and ancient origin. His story was that an ancestor when hunting in the New Forest with William the Conqueror killed three wolves and was dubbed by the Conqueror "trois loups" (three wolves) and was supposed to be corrupted into "Trollopes".
Historical occurrences of the name
The study contains some famous people, the most obvious being the novelist Anthony Trollope. His family hailed from Lincolnshire and there is quite a history to that family with Baronets and leaders of insurrections and so on. Of more recent history is the writer Joanna Trollope who is also related to the novelist Anthony.
Bristol Rovers English soccer club head coach was one Paul Trollope, son of John Trollope, MBE who also was a noted soccer player. There are many very successful people of all walks of life with the name sprinkled around many countries of the world.