Trowbridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Trowbridge was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Trowbridge family 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 Trowbridge family
The surname Trowbridge 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 Trowbridge family
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Trowbridge Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval 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. The name has been spelled Trowbridge, Troubridge, Trobridge and others.
Early Notables of the Trowbridge family (pre 1700)
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Trowbridge migration to the United States +
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Trowbridge or a variant listed above:
Trowbridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Trowbridge, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1634 
- Thomas Trowbridge, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1636
- James Trowbridge, who was on record in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1658
- James Trowbridge, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1658 
Trowbridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Stephen Trowbridge, who settled in Norfolk Virginia in 1822
- James and George Trowbridge, who settled in Barnstable Massachusetts in 1822
- S. Trowbridge, who settled in New York in 1823
- J H Trowbridge, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 
- John H Trowbridge, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 
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Trowbridge migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Trowbridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Trowbridge, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia 
- Mr. Richard Trowbridge, English convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) 
- William Trowbridge, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia 
- William Holcott Trowbridge (aged 20), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"
Contemporary Notables of the name Trowbridge (post 1700) +
- Charles Trowbridge (1882-1967), Mexico-born, American film actor who appeared in 233 films between 1915 and 1958
- William Petit Trowbridge (1828-1892), American mechanical engineer, military officer, and naturalist, founder of Trowbridge & Livingston, an architectural practice based in New York City in 1862
- Alexander Buel Trowbridge Jr., American professor of Russian History at the American University, Washington, D.C
- Alexander Buel Trowbridge Sr., American Dean of the Cornell University College of the Architecture (1897-1902)
- Rowland Ebenezer Trowbridge (1821-1881), American politician, member of the U.S. Congress from Michigan, Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture during the 40th United States Congress
- Alexander Buel Trowbridge III (1929-2006), American civil servant, 17th US Secretary of Commerce (1967-1968)
- John Townsend Trowbridge (1827-1916), American novelist and poet
- Charles Christopher Trowbridge (1800-1883), American explorer, politician, businessman, and ethnographer of Native American cultures
- Eugene A. Trowbridge, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 12 aerial victories
- Sir Richard Trowbridge, English Royal Navy Rear Admiral, Governor of Western Australia (1980-1983)
Historic Events for the Trowbridge family +
- Mr. William C Trowbridge (b. 1919), Scottish Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Uphall, West Lothian, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking 
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Suggested Readings for the name Trowbridge +
- 4342 "Rhoades, Trowbridge, And Related Families" by Myrtle Savage Rhoades.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
- ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
- ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm