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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Truman family have grown. The name Truman was given to a member of the family 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.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Truman family name include Trueman, Truman, Trewman and others.
First found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Truman research. Another 290 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Truman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Truman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Truman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Truman surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Truman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Truman settled in Virginia in 1654
- Suffiah Truman, who landed in Maryland in 1660
- Alice Truman, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
- Nathaniel Truman, who landed in Maryland in 1665
- Thomas Truman, who arrived in Maryland in 1666
Truman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George Truman, aged 36, landed in New York in 1812
- B Truman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- C H Truman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860
Truman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Hanah Truman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- William Truman, aged 52, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
- William Truman settled in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774 with his wife Anne and son William
Truman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Truman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839
- Benjamin Truman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
Truman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Ried Truman arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bellissima" in 1864
- Mary Truman arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bellissima" in 1864
- Lyman Truman (1806-1881), American merchant, banker and politician, New York State Senator (1858-1863)
- Lieutenant General Louis W. Truman (1908-2004), American former Commanding General of Third U.S. Army, cousin to Harry S. Truman
- James Steele Truman (1874-1957), American lawyer and politician, New York State Senator (1925-1928)
- Edwin "Ted" M. Truman (b. 1941), American economist, Senior Fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics since 2001
- Benjamin Cummings Truman (1835-1916), American journalist and author, a war correspondent during the American Civil War
- David Bicknell Truman (1913-2003), American academic, 15th president of Mount Holyoke College (1969-1978)
- Timothy Truman (b. 1956), American writer, artist and musician
- Mary Margaret Truman Daniel (1924-2008), American singer and writer, the only child of Harry Truman and First Lady Bess Truman
- Bess Wallace Truman (1885-1982), American First Lady, wife of President Truman
- David Truman, American political scientist and educator
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The Truman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Truman 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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