Trussell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Trussell family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Trussell is for a packer. The name was originally derived from the Old French word trousser, meaning to package.

Two villages are named Trussell in England: Marston Trussell, a village and civil parish in the Daventry district in Northamptonshire; and Acton Trussell a village in Staffordshire. Richard Trussell was lord of the manor Marston Trussell Hall in 1233, but the Trussells of Marston died out in the 14th century and the Hall later became the family seat of a Bennett family.

Early Origins of the Trussell family

The surname Trussell was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat at Billesley and conjecturally they are descended from Osbern who held his lands from Hugh de Grandmesnil at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086 A.D. Guy Trussell may have been the father. He married the Viscountess of Troyes.

"The most distinguished personage of the name was the famous [Sir] William Trussell, who was in such estimation with the [House of] Commons in convention assembled, as to be chosen their organ [representative] to pronounce the deposition of the unfortunate Edward II." [1]

Another early record mentions "Richard Trussel, who fell at the battle of Eversham, temp. Henry III." [2]

"In 1844 was found, without the walls of the present churchyard [of Billesley, Warwickshire], a stone coffin, containing a head, supposed to be that of a member of the Trussell family (anciently connected with the parish) who was slain at the battle of Evesham." [3]

Early History of the Trussell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trussell research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1221, 1265, 1342, 1330, 1318, 1319, 1322, 1322, 1326, 1620 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Trussell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Trussell Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Trussell family name include Trussel, Trussell, Trussele, Trusselle and others.

Early Notables of the Trussell family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Trussel or Trussell sometimes styled Baron Trussell ( fl. 1330), son of Edmund Trussel of Peatling in Leicestershire and Cubblesdon in Staffordshire. "He was pardoned as one of the adherents of Thomas of Lancaster on 1 Nov. 1318, and was returned as knight of the shire for Northampton in 1319. Both he and his son were in arms with...
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trussell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Trussell migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Trussell family to immigrate North America:

Trussell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Trussell who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • John Trussell, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [4]
  • Mary Trussell, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [4]
  • James Trussell, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [4]
Trussell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Trussell who landed in America in 1761
  • Conrad Trussell, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782 [4]
Trussell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Capt. Trussell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • Franklin Trussell, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1867

Contemporary Notables of the name Trussell (post 1700) +

  • Colin Charles Trussell (b. 1948), English former football referee
  • Paul Trussell (b. 1965), English actor
  • Charles Tait Trussell, American journalist and author
  • Dr. Geoffrey Trussell, Assistant Professor of Biology at Northeastern University


  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ 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)


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