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Turnbaugh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



According to family tradition, the Turnbaugh 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."

Early Origins of the Turnbaugh family


The surname Turnbaugh was 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.

Early History of the Turnbaugh family


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Turnbaugh Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Turnbaugh family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Turnbaugh family to Ireland


Some of the Turnbaugh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Turnbaugh family to the New World and Oceana


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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Turnbaugh (post 1700)


  • Douglas Blair Turnbaugh, American International Documentary Association Award nominated producer, known for Keep Dancing (2009), Ballets Russes (2005) and Mia, a Dancer's Journey (2014)
  • Wendi Lou Turnbaugh and Brenda Lea Turnbaugh (b. 1977), American former child actresses, identical twins who shared the role of little Grace Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie"

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