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Origins Available: English, Scottish
According to family tradition, the Turnbull 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."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Turnbull, Turnball, Trimble, Trimbell, Trumbell, Trumbill, Turnbul and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Turnbull research. Another 543 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1249, 1296, 1335, 1447, 1639 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Turnbull History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Turnbull Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Turnbull family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Turnbull Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Alexander Turnbull, who settled in East New Jersey in 1684
- Thomas and William Turnbull settled in New Jersey in 1685
- William Turnbull, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685
Turnbull Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Turnbull, who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1734
- John Turnbull settled in Annapolis, Maryland in 1753
- George Turnbull, who settled in New York in 1756
- Andrew Turnbull, who arrived in America in 1766
- Ann Turnbull, aged 23, landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1774
Turnbull Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Gavin Turnbull, aged 46, landed in South Carolina in 1812
- George Turnbull, aged 51, arrived in New York in 1812
- Gavin Turnbull, who settled in South Carolina in 1812
- Adam Turnbull, aged 38, arrived in Delaware in 1812
- Joseph Turnbull, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1823
Turnbull Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- William Turnbull settled in Bonavista, Newfoundland in 1765
- Foster Turnbull, who came to Halifax, NS 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
Turnbull Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Euphemia Turnbull, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1818
- Joanna Turnbull, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Lady Campbell" in 1834
- Robert Turnbull, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
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
- Isaac Turnbull, a farrier, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Archibald Turnbull, a dyer, 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
- John Turnbull arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836
Turnbull Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Dr Turnbull landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship London
- George Turnbull, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
- William Turnbull arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
- John Turnbull arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
- Jane Turnbull arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
- 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
- Ven. John Turnbull (b. 1950), English pop and rock guitarist/vocalist
- Malcolm Bligh Turnbull (b. 1954), Australian politician, 29th Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Liberal Party (2015-)
- Ross Vincent Turnbull (1941-2015), Australian rugby union player who represented Australia against Ireland in one test match in 1968
- 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 on May 29th 1914
- 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 on May 29th 1914
- Andrew "Drew" Turnbull (1930-2012), Scottish rugby union and professional rugby league footballer
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The Turnbull Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Turnbull Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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