Recorded as Tropman, Troppman, Troppmann, and possibly others, this is a surname of Germanic origins. Although reasonably well recorded within the International Genealogical Index of surnames for Germany, it does not seem to appear in any of the usual supporting directories of German surnames. If this is the case, it would suggest that it is a variation of some other surname, but if so we are unable to prove any link or even a possible link. The surname at first glance appears to be occupational in which case it may have translated as 'The man(ager) or servant of 'Tropf', an early personal name which could mean literally 'a bit of a lad', however it is equally possible that it could be locational from any of several places called Tropf, as the word in a locational sense means wet or watery, possibly a place by a lake or in fen country. Early examples of the surname recording taken from surviving German church rgeisters include Peter Tropman who married Angelica Huck at Rheda Evangelical church, Westfalen, on September 4th 1667, and Henry Chretien Troppmann who married Jeanne Christine Bauer, at Bad Duereheim, Bayern, on September 17th 1813.
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