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Turnbull Family History

Turnbull Name Meaning
Northern English (chiefly Northumbrian) and Scottish: variant, altered by folk etymology, of Trumble, on theory that it denoted a nickname for a man thought to be strong and brave enough to turn back a charging bull, from Middle English turn(en) ‘to turn’ + bul(l)e ‘bull’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

1,078,983 Historical Documents with Turnbull on Ancestry.com
303,796 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
18,824 Military Records
122,600 Immigration Records
213,448 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Turnbull Families

  • Number of Turnbull families
     77 - 151
     26 - 76
     1 - 25
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Turnbull families
     1,319 - 2,636
     440 - 1,318
     1 - 439
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Turnbull families
     583 - 1,164
     195 - 582
     1 - 194
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Turnbull Family Origin

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Turnbull Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Turnbull

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Turnbull Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Turnbull Civil War Service Records

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