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The French name Trombly first arose during the Medieval period in Normandy. It is derived from when the family having lived at Tremblay, in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Trombly family

The surname Trombly was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family held a family seat since early times.

Active in the conquest, they were awarded lands in England where their name became Trembles. Another branch moved to neighboring Flanders where they established themselves and gave their name to the land of Trembleur in the 1400's.

Interestingly, there are records of the family in Scotland in ancient times. "Walter de Trembley occupied the lands of Delany in the Mearns, 1263, and Robert de Tremblay witnessed a charter of lands in Fife by Sir Alexander de Moray, 1281. Robert de Tremblee who rendered homage in 1296 is probably Robert de Tremblay or Trembleye of Elgin en Moreve whose homage is recorded in the same year. " [1]

By the 15th century the family again branched to Burgundy and settled in Geneva by 1620. Another branch was formed in Picardy, Bourgogne. One of the family's descendants was Abraham Trembley, who was a Swiss Naturalist during the 1700's and wrote "Mémoires pour sévir à l'histoire de polypes d'eau douce à bras en forme de cornes", in 1774.

Pierre Tremblay, son of Philibert and Jehanne (neé Coignet), was a farmer that arrived in Canada in 1647. Pierre married Ozanne-Jeanne Achon on 2nd October 1657. [2]

Early History of the Trombly family

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Trombly Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Trombly is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Tremblay, Tremblai, Tremblaie, Tremblé, Tremblés, Tremblée, Tremblait, Tremblett, Tremblais, Tremblaies, Tremley and many more.

Early Notables of the Trombly family

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Trombly Ranking

In the United States, the name Trombly is the 17,105th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Trombly migration to the United States +

In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Trombly were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Trombly were

Trombly Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Rolland C. Trombly, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Princeton" from Palo Blanco, Mexico [4]
  • Philip R. Trombly, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Volunteer" from San Francisco, California [4]
  • Arthur Trombly, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Ryndam" from Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Trombly (post 1700) +

  • Ron Trombly, American Supervisor of Lenox Township, Michigan
  • Frances Trombly, American fiber artist, known for his showing at the Girls’ Club's Foundation first solo exhibition (2010-2011) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Janice Trombly (b. 1957), American former handball player who competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Preston Andrew Trombly (b. 1945), American composer, visual artist, and program host on Sirius XM's Symphony Hall classical music channel

  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. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from on Facebook