Troubridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the Troubridge family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Devon, at Trowbridge. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word for a wooden bridge.
Early Origins of the Troubridge family
The surname Troubridge was first found in Devon where conjecturally they are believed to be descended from two Norman knights Richard and Reginald who held the lands of Modbury from the Count of Mortaine as shown in the Domesday Book which was surveyed in 1086 A.D. The land was shown to have 30 goats. 
Trowbridge is also a market-town and parish, in the union and hundred of Melksham, Westbury and N. divisions, and Trowbridge and Bradford subdivisions, of Wiltshire. "It was anciently a royal manor, forming part of the duchy of Lancaster, having been granted by the crown to John of Gaunt. The estate afterwards reverted to the crown, and was given by Henry VIII., in the 28th year of his reign, to Sir Edward Seymour, Knt., Viscount Beauchamp."  So, while one would presume that this market-town was the place of origin of the surname, it was indeed not.
Early History of the Troubridge family
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Troubridge Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Trowbridge, Troubridge, Trobridge and others.
Early Notables of the Troubridge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Troubridge family
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Troubridge or a variant listed above: Thomas Trowbridge, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1636; James Trowbridge, who was on record in Dorchester, MA in 1658; John Trowbridg(e), who was on record in New England in 1668.
Contemporary Notables of the name Troubridge (post 1700) +
- Sir Thomas St. Vincent Hope Cochrane Troubridge (1815-1867), British Colonel, eldest son of Admiral Sir Edward Thomas Troubridge
- Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Troubridge (1758-1807), British Naval officer, born in London about 1758, son of Richard Troubridge
- Rear-Admiral Sir Edward Thomas Troubridge (d. 1852), British Naval officer, only son of Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Troubridge
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.