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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.

Trowbridge Early Origins



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.

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Trowbridge Spelling Variations


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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.

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Trowbridge Early History


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Trowbridge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trowbridge research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trowbridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trowbridge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Trowbridge Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Trowbridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • 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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • William Holcott Trowbridge (aged 20), a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Trowbridge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Trowbridge (post 1700)



  • John Townsend Trowbridge (1827-1916), American novelist and poet
  • Alexander Buel Trowbridge III (1929-2006), American civil servant, US Secretary of Commerce
  • Rowland Ebenezer Trowbridge (1821-1881), American politician, member of the U.S. Congress from Michigan
  • Charles Christopher Trowbridge (1800-1883), American explorer, politician, businessman, and ethnographer of Native American cultures
  • Sir Richard Trowbridge (1980-1983), English Royal Navy Rear Admiral, Governor of Western Australia

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Trowbridge Historic Events


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Trowbridge Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. William C Trowbridge (b. 1919), Scottish Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Uphall, West Lothian, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Trowbridge


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Suggested Readings for the name Trowbridge



  • Rhoades, Trowbridge, And Related Families by Myrtle Savage Rhoades.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Trowbridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trowbridge 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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