TRUMAN Surname Meaning and Origin

Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States
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The Truman surname has several possible origins:

  1. A variant spelling of Trueman, a name given to someone who was a faithful or trustworthy man, from the Old English words trew, trewe, trow, and trowe, derived from the Old English word treowe, which means "faithful, loyal, or trustworthy."
  2. A habitational surname for someone from a Latvian village of the name Turmany (in Russian).
  3. Possibly an Americanized spelling of the German surname Trumann, a variant of the name Trautmann.

Surname Origin: English, German

Alternate Surname Spellings: TRUEMAN, TREWMAN, TROMAN, TROWMAN

Where in the World is the TRUMAN Surname Found?

The Truman surname is most commonly found in the United Kingdom, according to WorldNames PublicProfiler, especially in Nottinghamshire and the surrounding region of East Midlands. There is also an increased percentage in the city of Swindon, in Wiltshire. There are also a large number of Trumans living today in New Zealand, followed by Australia and then the United States. In the U.S., the largest number of individuals with the Truman surname are found in West Virginia.

Surname distribution data from Forebears has the highest percentage of individuals named Truman living in Gibraltar. The greatest numbers of individuals with the Truman surname are living in the United States, especially the states of West Virginia, Maine, Nevada, Utah, Ohio, Montana and South Dakota. In the United Kingdom, data from the 1881 British census identifies Truman as most common in Nottinghamshire, followed by Warwickshire, Huntingdonshire, Derbyshire, Devon and Wiltshire.

Famous People with the Last Name TRUMAN

  • Harry S. Truman - 33rd president of the United States
  • Margaret Truman - singer, writer; daughter of Harry Truman
  • Sir Benjamin Truman - notable 18th century English entrepreneur and brewer
  • Michael Truman - British film producer, director and editor
  • Louis Watson Truman -  former Commanding General of the Third U.S. Army, and cousin to president Harry S. Truman
  • Harry Randall Truman - victim of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens

Genealogy Resources for the Surname TRUMAN

Rooted in History: The Genealogy of Harry S. Truman
A family history of the ancestors of Harry S. Truman from Niel and Verna Gail (V.G.) Johnson and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library.

How to Trace Your Family Tree in England and Wales
Learn how to navigate through the wealth of records available for researching family history in England and Wales with this introductory guide.

Presidential Surname Meanings and Origins
Do the surnames of U.S. presidents really have more prestige than your average Smith and Jones? While the proliferance of babies named Tyler, Madison, and Monroe may seem to point in that direction, presidential surnames are really just a cross-section of the American melting pot. 

Truman Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Tyler family crest or coat of arms for the Tyler surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

FamilySearch - TRUMAN Genealogy
Explore over 330,000 historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Truman surname and its variations on the free FamilySearch website, hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Truman Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Truman surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Truman query.

TRUMAN Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts a free mailing list for researchers of the Truman surname. Post a query about your own Truman ancestors, or search or browse the mailing list archives. - TRUMAN Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Truman.

The Truman Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the popular last name Truman from the website of Genealogy Today.


References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.


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