Show ContentsTimbrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

According to family tradition, the Timbrell surname comes from when a member of the Rule family saved the life of King Robert the Bruce at Stirling Park from a charging bull by turning the bull's head. The grateful King decreed that in commemoration of the brave act the new name of the family would be Turnbull, and granted them an area of land then known as Bedrule. 1 Other Etymology suggests that the name comes from the Old English Trumbald, meaning "strongly bold." 2

Early Origins of the Timbrell family

The surname Timbrell was first found in Yorkshire at Wakefield where Alan Tumbald was recorded in 1313. Three years later in 1316, the Thrumball spelling was used. Peter Thrumbald was listed there in 1315 and Reginald Thrumbald was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1327. Alice Thrumbald, Trumbald was listed at Wakefield (1316-1317) and much later the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk included an entry for Elizabeth Trumble in 1568. 2

The Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379 included an entry for Johannes Turnebull. 3

Early History of the Timbrell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Timbrell research. Another 272 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1249, 1296, 1335, 1447, 1635, 1639, 1716 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Timbrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Timbrell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Turnbull, Turnball, Trimble, Trimbell, Trumbell, Trumbill, Turnbul and many more.

Early Notables of the Timbrell family

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Timbrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Timbrell family to Ireland

Some of the Timbrell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Timbrell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Timbrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Augustine Timbrell, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Alfred Timbrell, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1896
Timbrell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sam'l. Timbrell, aged 19, who landed in America from Ayr, Scotland, in 1908
  • Samuel Timbrell, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1922
  • Tamar Timbrell, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1922

Australia Timbrell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Timbrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Timbrell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Taglioni" in 1844 4

Contemporary Notables of the name Timbrell (post 1700) +

  • William B. Timbrell, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Engineer and Surveyor, 1916 5
  • Henry Timbrell (1806-1849), Irish sculptor, born at Dublin; he died of pleurisy at Rome on 10 April 1849

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAGLIONI 1844. Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook