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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


According to family tradition, the Trumbo surname comes from when a member of the Rule family saved the life of King Robert the Bruce at Stirling Park from a charging bull by turning the bull's head. The grateful King decreed that in commemoration of the brave act the new name of the family would be Turnbull, and granted them an area of land then known as Bedrule. Other Etymology suggests that the name comes from the Old English Trumbald, meaning "strongly bold."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Turnbull, Turnball, Trimble, Trimbell, Trumbell, Trumbill, Turnbul and many more.

First found in Roxburghshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trumbo research. Another 543 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1249, 1296, 1335, 1447, 1639 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Trumbo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trumbo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Trumbo family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas and William Turnbull settled in New Jersey in 1685; John Turnbull settled in Annapolis, Maryland in 1753; William Turnbull settled in Bonavista, Newfoundland in 1765.

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  • Andrew Alkire Trumbo (1797-1871), American politician, United States Representative from Kentucky
  • Mark Daniel Trumbo (b. 1986), nicknamed "Trum-bomb," an American Major League Baseball infielder and outfielder
  • Christopher Trumbo (1940-2011), American television writer, screenwriter and playwright, son of James Dalton Trumbo
  • James Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), American two-time Academy Award winning screenwriter and novelist who was blacklisted in the 1940s and 1950s


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  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Trumbo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trumbo 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 16 September 2014 at 15:43.

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