Trunk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient roots of the Trunk family are found in the German state of Bavaria. Trunk was a local name, for someone who lived in Franconia.
Early Origins of the Trunk family
The surname Trunk was first found in Franconia, where the name appeared as early as the 13th century, and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Early History of the Trunk family
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Trunk Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Trunk include Trenk, Trenck, Trencke, Traenck, Trenke, Trank, Tranke, Tranck, Trancke, Tranckner, Traenkel (Baden), Traenkler, Trenkel (Baden), Trenkle (Baden), Traenkner (Saxony), Trenkner (Saxony), Trenker, Drenker (Hamburg and many more.
Early Notables of the Trunk family (pre 1700)
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Trunk migration to the United States +
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Trunk surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Trunk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Joseph Trunk, who landed in Texas in 1845 
Contemporary Notables of the name Trunk (post 1700) +
- Penelope Trunk, born Adrienne Roston, an American writer and blogger
- Herman Trunk Jr. (1894-1963), American painter active in the modernist movement of the 1920s and 1930s
- Eddie Trunk (b. 1964), American music historian, radio personality, talk show host, and author
- Richard Trunk (1879-1968), German composer, pianist, conductor, and critic
- Gustav Trunk (1871-1936), German politician, three-time President of Baden
- Frederique Trunk, contemporary French composer
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)