Trounson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Trounson family

The surname Trounson was first found in Yorkshire where the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Wartre, in Holderness and was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. [1] Le Sire de Troussebot or Pagan (Payne) Troussbot's chief domain was at Nuebourg in Normandy and he was at the Battle of Hastings. His son, Geoffrey FitzPayne, held the estates in Yorkshire. [2]

Early feudal rolls provided the king of the time a method of cataloguing holdings for taxation, but today they provide a glimpse into the wide surname spellings in use at that time. William Trussebut was listed in Cheshire in 1154 and Ylaria Trussebut was found in the Pipe Rolls for Northumberland in 1208. Later, Geoffrey Trussebut was found in the Assize Rolls for Yorkshire in 1363. The name is derived from the Old French word trusser, a nickname for a porter or a carrier. William Trushernays was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Northumberland in 1296.

The variant Trounce and Trouncer originated in London where Gilbert le trunchier was first found in the Pipe Rolls for 1192. Later, Henry le Truncer was listed in Wakfield. Yorkshire in 1315. [3]

Early History of the Trounson family

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Trounson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Trussbut, Trusbut, Trusbutt, Trussbutt, Trussbot and many more.

Early Notables of the Trounson family (pre 1700)

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Australia Trounson migration to Australia +

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

Trounson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Trounson, (b. 1833), aged 19, Cornish groom, from St. Mawgan, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Neptune" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 18th February 1852 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Trounson, (b. 1829), aged 26, Cornish carpenter departing from Plymouth on 27th September 1854 aboard the ship "Birmingham" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 6th January 1855 [5]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Trounson, (b. 1830), aged 25, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 27th September 1854 aboard the ship "Birmingham" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 6th January 1855 [5]

New Zealand Trounson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Trounson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Emily Trounson, (b. 1846), aged 20, Cornish settler departing on 2nd November 1866 aboard the ship "Himalaya" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 10th February 1867 [6]
  • Mr. John Trounson, (b. 1846), aged 20, Cornish farm labourer departing on 2nd November 1866 aboard the ship "Himalaya" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 10th February 1867 [6]
  • Mrs. Emily Trounson, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Himalaya" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 10th February 1867 [7]
  • Mr. John Trounson, British ploughman travelling from London aboard the ship "Himalaya" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 10th February 1867 [7]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_1850_59.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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