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

The proud Trammell family originated in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Trammell family originally lived in Devon at the manors of Sand and Tremayle.

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Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Tremayle, Tremayll, Tremail, Tremale, Tremall and many more.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Sand in that shire, some say, at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trammell research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1488 and 1580 are included under the topic Early Trammell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Trammell were found:

Trammell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Cyntia Trammell, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Mary Trammell, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Nell Trammell, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Elizabeth Trammell, aged 29, who arrived at New York, in 1916
  • Joseph Trammell, aged 36, who settled in New York, in 1916


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  • Earnest Lloyd Trammell (b. 1953), American inventor
  • Patrick Lee Trammell (1940-1968), All-American quarterback
  • Thomas Bubba Trammell (b. 1971), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Sam Trammell (b. 1971), American stage, film and television actor
  • Terrence R. Trammell (b. 1978), American track and field athlete, two-time Olympic silver medalist
  • Alan Stuart Trammell (b. 1958), retired American Major League Baseball shortstop


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  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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The Trammell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trammell 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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