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Where did the English Truman family come from? What is the English Truman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Truman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Truman family history?

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Truman family have grown. The name Truman was given to a member of the family who was a faithful or trusty man. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English words trew, trewe, trow, and trowe. These all come from the Old English word treowe, which means faithful, loyal, or trustworthy. The latter portion of the name is derived from the word man.


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Truman family name include Trueman, Truman, Trewman and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Truman research. Another 290 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Truman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Truman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Truman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Truman surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Truman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Truman settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Suffiah Truman, who landed in Maryland in 1660
  • Alice Truman, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • Nathaniel Truman, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Thomas Truman, who arrived in Maryland in 1666

Truman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • George Truman, aged 36, landed in New York in 1812
  • B Truman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • C H Truman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860


  • David Truman, American political scientist and educator
  • Bess Wallace Truman (1885-1982), American wife of president Truman
  • Mary Margaret Truman Daniel (1924-2008), American singer and writer
  • Timothy Truman (b. 1956), American writer, artist and musician
  • David Bicknell Truman (1913-2003), American academic, 15th president of Mount Holyoke College
  • Ralph Truman (1900-1977), English actor from London
  • President Harry Truman, 33rd President of the United States
  • Christine Truman, British tennis player
  • Barrie Truman (1970-1976), New Zealand national team football coach


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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Truman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Truman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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