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Where did the English Truett family come from? What is the English Truett family crest and coat of arms? When did the Truett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Truett family history?

The Truett surname comes from the place name Trewhitt in Northumberland; the first bearer of this surname was most likely someone who had come from that place to a new location.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Trywhitt, Terwitt, Trewitt, Trewhitt, Truitt, Terwit, Truet and many more.

First found in Northumberland where the original reference of the name was found at High Trewhitt, and Low Trewhitt, townships, in the parish and union of Rothbury. Originally named Tirwit (c. 1150-1162), the name possibly meant "river-bend where wood is obtained" [1] These small townships have grown little in size since early times as late as the mid 1800s, there were only 130 inhabitants there. But looking back, other records show Sir Herculus de Trywhitt was knighted by Duke William in 1068 and granted the lands of Tyrwhitt or Terwit, however there is no record of the place in the Domesday Book. Later John de Tyrwyt was listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1296 and William Tyrwhit was listed in there in 1383. [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Truett research. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1720, 1730, and 1786 are included under the topic Early Truett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Truett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Truett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Truett, who arrived in Virginia in 1662

Truett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Truett, who arrived in Virginia in 1703

Truett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M F Truett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • H B Truett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Truett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Abb R. Truett, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Geo. W. Truett, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1919
  • A. R Truett, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1920
  • William Truett, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922
  • Edward Truett, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1923


  • George Washington Truett (1867-1944), American preacher who served as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention (1927 to 1929)
  • Quincy Hightower Truett, American sailor who received the Navy Cross posthumously, eponym of the USS Truett (FF-1095)
  • Alexander H. Truett (b. 1833), Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864
  • Geoff Truett (1957-1962), English former professional footballer who played for Crystal Palace


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Time tryeth truth
Motto Translation: Time tryeth truth


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. 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).
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Truett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Truett 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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