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QUESTION 301: An "Osbert Lotrel" is documented as a landowner in Normandy in 1180 and 1198. This makes him a contemporary to the "original" Sir Geoffrey Luttrell. Are there any subsequent records regarding the Osbert Lotrel family or any other of his "Luttrell" contemporaries (besides Geoffrey)?
ANSWER 301- A
"Luttrell, originally spelt Luterel, or Loterel, was probably a diminutive of 'Loutre', the French word for an otter. Applied in the first instance as a personal nickname, it became a hereditary surname. The fact that a certain Osbert Lotrel had the farm of Arques in Normandy in 1180 and 1198 rather tends to confirm the idea that the family was of foreign origin."
"A History of Dunster" by Maxwell-Lyte
Maxwell Lyte also refers to "a certain Robert Lotrel in Normandy in 1195. . ." in "Dunster and its Lords"