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Turnbull History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


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The name Turnbull was first used by the descendants of the Boernician people of the Scottish-English border region. It is a name for a man named Rule (sometimes Ruel) who saved King Robert the Bruce at Stirling Park from a charging bull by turning the bull's head. According to tradition, the King rewarded Rule with lands in Bedrule, and instructed him to change his name to Turnbull. This same man, Rule, is said to have served at the Battle of Halidon Hill in 1333, against the English. Rule preceded the Scottish Army into battle with a huge black dog, and challenged any Englishman to fight him. Sir Robert Venal of Norfolk accepted his challenge and killed both Rule and his dog. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
While the account of the fight is most certainly true and well documented, the legend behind the name Turnbull is questionable.

Early Origins of the Turnbull family


The surname Turnbull was first found in Roxburghshire. Referring to the aforementioned Rule reference, there was a noble family of Rule, which derived its name from the Water of Rule, an affluent of the Teviot. This family dates back to 1214 when King William the Lion of Scotland granted lands to Alan de Rule. If the bull episode is true, then the bearer was either Adam de Rule or Thomas de Rule, the two Rule chieftains who appeared on the Ragman Rolls in 1296, just after the Stirling Park affair. Later, King Robert the Bruce did in fact grant lands in the west of Fulhophalche to William Turnbull in 1315. King David II also granted the lands of Humdallwalschop (now Hundleshop) to John Turnbull. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Early History of the Turnbull family


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Turnbull Spelling Variations


In the many years before the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries, names and other words were spelled according to sound, often differently with each person who wrote them. Spelling variations of Turnbull include Turnbull, Turnball, Trimble, Trimbell, Trumbell, Trumbill, Turnbul and many more.

Early Notables of the Turnbull family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Turnbull family to Ireland


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


In many cases, the ancestors of many of these Boernician-Scottish people are just now learning of their Scottish heritage. Since the trip was so arduous, and many were fleeing from poverty itself, settlers brought little with them and often had nothing of their personal history to hand down to their children. Clan societies and highland games have helped to correct this problem in the 20th century. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Turnbulls to arrive on North American shores:

Turnbull Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alexander Turnbull, who settled in East New Jersey in 1684
  • Thomas and William Turnbull, who settled in New Jersey in 1685
  • William Turnbull, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Turnbull Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Turnbull, who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1734
  • John Turnbull, who settled in Annapolis, Maryland in 1753
  • George Turnbull, who settled in New York in 1756
  • Andrew Turnbull, who arrived in America in 1766 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Ann Turnbull, aged 23, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1774 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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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Turnbull Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gavin Turnbull, aged 46, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • George Turnbull, aged 51, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Gavin Turnbull, who settled in South Carolina in 1812
  • Adam Turnbull, aged 38, who arrived in Delaware in 1812 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Joseph Turnbull, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1823 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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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Turnbull Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Turnbull, who settled in Bonavista, Newfoundland in 1765 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Foster Turnbull, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Foster Turnbull, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Donald Turnbull, who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1775
  • Thomas Turnbull, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1783
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Turnbull Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Euphemia Turnbull, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1818
  • Joanna Turnbull, aged 40, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Lady Campbell" in 1834
  • Mr. Daniel Turnbull, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Yorkshire" departing 9th June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 10th August 1847 but he died on board [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 97)
  • Mr. John Turnbull who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Yorkshire" departing 9th June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 10th August 1847 but he died on board [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 97)
  • Mr. Robert Turnbull, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Yorkshire" departing 9th June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 10th August 1847 but he died on board [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 97)
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Turnbull Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Turnbull, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Isaac Turnbull, a farrier, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Archibald Turnbull, a dyer, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Janet Turnbull, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  • John Turnbull, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
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Turnbull Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Dr Turnbull, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship London
  • George Turnbull, aged 25, a farm labourer, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • William Turnbull, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • John Turnbull, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Jane Turnbull, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
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Contemporary Notables of the name Turnbull (post 1700)


  • Malcolm Bligh Turnbull (b. 1954), Australian politician, 29th Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Liberal Party (2015-)
  • Ross Turnbull (1934-2015), Canadian-born, American ice hockey winger who played from 1954 to 1959
  • Sara Little Turnbull (1917-2015), born Sara Finkelstein, an American product designer, design innovator and educator, one of America's first female industrial designers
  • Walter Turnbull (1944-2007), American musician and the founder of the internationally renowned Boys Choir of Harlem
  • Colin Macmillan Turnbull (1924-1994), famous British-American anthropologist
  • Andrew "Drew" Turnbull (1930-2012), Scottish rugby union and professional rugby league footballer
  • William Turnbull (b. 1922), Scottish artist
  • Eddie Turnbull (b. 1923), Scottish football player and manager
  • Bob Turnbull (1894-1946), Scottish footballer
  • Ross Vincent Turnbull (1941-2015), Australian rugby union player who represented Australia against Ireland in one test match in 1968
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Turnbull family



Empress of Ireland

  • Master Albert Reginald Turnbull (1903-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  • Mrs. Caroline Ellen Turnbull (1869-1914), née Norman Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

HMS Dorsetshire

  • Robert Turnbull (d. 1945), British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html

HMS Hood

  • Mr. William S Turnbull (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Lambeth, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

Suggested Readings for the name Turnbull


  • American Beginnings by David B. Trimble.
  • The Texas Turnbo's by Charles Alton Turnbo.

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Turnbull
Thurnbal, Thurnbale, Thurnball, Thurnbell, Thurnbil, Thurnbile, Thurnbul, Thurnbull, Thurnbyle, Timbrel, Timbrell, Timmbrell, Tinbrel, Tinbrell, Tinnbrell, Trimbel, Trimbell, Trimble, Trimpil, Trimple, Trimpple, Trumbal, Trumball, Trumbel, Trumbell, Trumbil, Trumbill, Trumble, Trumbul, Trumbull, Trumpil, Trumple, Trumpple, Turnbal, Turnbale, Turnball, Turnbel, Turnbell, Turnbil, Turnbile, Turnbul, Turnbull, Turnbyle, Tymbrell, Tymmbrell, Tynbrell, Tynnbrell, Tyrnbal, Tyrnbale, Tyrnball and more.

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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 97)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  9. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  10. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

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