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The Truitt 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.

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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] The parish of Stainfield in Lincolnshire was an ancient homestead of the family. "There are some remains of an ancient mansion of the Tyrwhitt family, now occupied as a farmhouse." [3]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Truitt research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1624, 1577, 1628, 1598, 1667, 1633, 1688, 1663, 1741, 1708, 1760, 1730, 1786 and 1808 are included under the topic Early Truitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Truitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • George Truitt Jr. landed in Virginia sometime in the 17th century
  • George Truitt Sr. landed in Virginia sometime in the 17th century
  • Jon Truitt, who landed in Virginia in 1642

Truitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Charles S. Truitt, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Mary Eliz. Truitt, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Mrs C P Truitt, aged 71, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Clarence Truitt, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • Harry Truitt, who settled in America, in 1921


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  • Frank Wilson Truitt Jr. (1925-2014), American multi-sport collegiate coach
  • Olanda Raynard Truitt (b. 1971), American former NFL football wide receiver
  • Oadline Truitt (b. 1940), American Democratic Party politician
  • George Truitt (1756-1818), American farmer and politician
  • David Moreland Truitt (b. 1964), American NFL football player
  • Anne Truitt (1921-2004), American major artist of the mid-20th century
  • James Truitt (d. 1981), American journalist


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  • Truitt Tracings by Myrtis Irene Siddon.
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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)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Truitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Truitt 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.

This page was last modified on 18 February 2016 at 14:03.

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