Trueman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Trueman surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a faithful or trusty man. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English words trew, trewe, trow, and trowe. These all come from the Old English word treowe, which means faithful, loyal, or trustworthy. The latter portion of the name is derived from the word man.

Early Origins of the Trueman family

The surname Trueman was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Trueman family

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Trueman Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Trueman has been recorded under many different variations, including Trueman, Truman, Trewman, Trimen and others.

Early Notables of the Trueman family (pre 1700)

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Trueman Ranking

In the United States, the name Trueman is the 17,103rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Trueman family to Ireland

Some of the Trueman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Trueman migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Trueman or a variant listed above:

Trueman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Trueman, who landed in Virginia in 1640 [2]
  • Robert Trueman, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [2]
  • Robert Trueman, who settled in Virginia in 1656
  • James Trueman, who landed in Maryland in 1672 [2]
Trueman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lucas Trueman, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]

Australia Trueman migration to Australia +

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

Trueman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Trueman, (b. 1803), aged 18, English convict who was convicted in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for 7 years for grand larceny, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 20th May 1821, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Trueman, English convict who was convicted in Devizes, Wiltshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the ""Blenheim"" on 24th July 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island, Australia [4]
  • Matthew Trueman, aged 28, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Gloucester" [5]
  • Cuthbert Trueman, aged 32, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"

New Zealand Trueman 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:

Trueman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Trueman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Mary A. Trueman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • John Trueman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Amy Trueman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Alfred Trueman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Trueman migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
  • Mr. Richard Trueman, (b. 1537), aged 97, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [2]
Trueman Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Richard Trueman, aged 24, who landed in Barbados in 1634 [2]
  • Richard Trueman, who settled in Barbados in 1654

Contemporary Notables of the name Trueman (post 1700) +

  • Inez Geneva Trueman (1917-2015), American-born, Canadian politician, Member of the Manitoba legislature from 1969 to 1973
  • Paula Trueman (1897-1994), American film, television, and theater actress
  • Albert William Trueman OC, FRSC (1902-1988), American-born, Canadian teacher, professor, cultural and university administrator, Chairman of the National Film Board of Canada from 1953 to 1957, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1964
  • Sir Arthur Elijah Trueman KBE FRS FRSE FGS (1894-1956), English geologist, born in Nottingham, Fellow of the Royal Society in 1942
  • Albert Henry "Bert" Trueman (1882-1961), English footballer who played as a half-back from 1899 to 1915
  • William Peter Trueman OC (1934-2021), Canadian television and radio personality, best known for his work for the Global Television Network between 1974 and July 1988
  • Stuart Trueman (1911-1995), Canadian journalist and humorist who won the Stephen Leacock Award in 1969
  • Jeremiah Kloeten Trueman (b. 1987), New Zealand professional basketball player
  • Frederick Sewards "Fred" Trueman OBE (1931-2006), English former cricketer who represented England in 67 Test matches and later became an author and broadcaster
  • Brian Trueman (b. 1932), British writer and broadcaster

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Carl S  Trueman, Canadian stationed at the Composite Battalion from Hackets Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/claudine
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GLOUCESTER 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/anglia1852.shtmL
  6. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  7. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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