Trusty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Trusty family

The surname Trusty was first found in Devon where "it appears as a Christian name in England from the end of the 12th century, usually in the form Tristram." [1] The name is derived from the Celtic Drystan, from drestm drust meaning 'tumult, din.' [1]

Another source claims the name was from the Cornish Trestean, Tresteen, probably meaning the Stained or Coloured House [Cornish and Welsh tre, a homestead, farm, etc. + the Cornish cogn. of Welsh ystaen, stained, coloured]. "It is tempting to see the Cornish stean = Welsh ystaen, tin, in this name." [2]

Found initially as a forename, early rolls show Tristam Cementarius in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1204. Tristram le Cheverer was found in London in 1278 and Tristam Merewyne was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. [1]

As a surname, we found Henry Tristram in the Pipe Rolls for Essex in 1207; Leonard Tristram in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296; and Richard Tristram in the Subsidy Rolls for Kent in 1334. [1]

Tristan (Tristram or Tristain) is the hero of the legend of Tristan and Iseult. In the legend, he is tasked with escorting the Irish princess Iseult to wed Tristan's uncle, King Mark of Cornwall, but they accidentally drink a love potion during the journey and fall in love. Tristan is banished and later died. According to the legend, his is the nephew of King Mark of Cornwall. Today the The Tristan Stone, or The Longstone (Cornish: Menhir, meaning long stone), stands beside the road leading to Fowey in Cornwall. Richard Wagner composed the opera Tristan and Isolde based on the legend in the mid 19th century. Since then, there have been numerous films based on the character and his plight.

Early History of the Trusty family

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Trusty Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tristram, Trestram, Tristam and others.

Early Notables of the Trusty family (pre 1700)

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Trusty Ranking

In the United States, the name Trusty is the 9,075th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]


United States Trusty migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Trusty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lacey Trusty, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Cecil Trusty, aged 29, who immigrated to America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Trusty (post 1700) +

  • Angela Trusty, American columnist for the Deseret News and The Washington Times
  • Auston Trusty, American soccer player who plays for Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer
  • Landon Trusty (b. 1981), American NFL football tight end


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm


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