Turnbow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

According to family tradition, the Turnbow 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 Turnbow family

The surname Turnbow 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 Turnbow family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Turnbow 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 Turnbow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Turnbow Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Turnbow family (pre 1700)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Turnbow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Turnbow Ranking

In the United States, the name Turnbow is the 6,998th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Turnbow family to Ireland

Some of the Turnbow 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 Turnbow migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Turnbow Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • W.F. Turnbow, who arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Saint Paul" from Southampton, England [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Turnbow (post 1700) +

  • Hartman Turnbow (1905-1988), American farmer and activist during the Civil Rights Movement, the first African American to register to vote in the state of Mississippi in the 1960s
  • Guy Nicholson Turnbow (1908-1975), American football tackle who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1933–1934)
  • Donna Jean Turnbow (b. 1961), American gymnast, US all-around national champion in 1977
  • Holice Edward Turnbow (b. 1930), American quilter, artist, and textile judge
  • Thomas Derrick Turnbow (b. 1978), American former right-handed Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Anaheim Angels and Milwaukee Brewers




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