Turnbill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

According to family tradition, the Turnbill 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 Turnbill family

The surname Turnbill 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 Turnbill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Turnbill research. Another 272 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1249, 1296, 1335, 1447, 1635, 1639, 1716 and are included under the topic Early Turnbill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Turnbill Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Turnbill family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Turnbill family to Ireland

Some of the Turnbill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Turnbill migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Turnbill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Robert Turnbill, aged 52, originally from Stanmor, who arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Cymric" from Liverpool, England [1]
  • Noel Turnbill, aged 13, originally from Stanmor, who arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Cymric" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • Robert Turnbill, aged 20, originally from Polmont, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1912 aboard the ship "Caledonia" from Glasgow, Scotland [3]
  • Thomas Stewart Turnbill, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1918 aboard the ship "Toloa" from Liverpool, England [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Turnbill (post 1700) +

  • Bill Turnbill, Canadian Gemini Award winning Canadian Comedy Award nominated actor, known for his roles in Degrassi: The Next Generation (2012) and Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (2010-2012)




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