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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Argent three piles sable over all a fess gules a canton ermineines. Crest—A boar's head couped and erect in pale ppr.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Truesdale Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Truesdale Origin:

England, Ireland

Origins of Truesdale:

This unique and fascinating surname is Anglo-Saxon and it is also a regional name acquiring from an area called Troutsdale in the church of Brompton, near Scarborough, in North Yorkshire. The area was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Truzstal”, and came as “Trucedale” in 1314. It came along with the Old English before the 7th Century components “truht,” trout, along with “stall, steall,” which have different meanings like “area, balanced, lake in a river.” After sometime, pronunciation variations have converted the final component of the name similarly to the Olde English “dael”, Dale, which means a valley. Regional surnames used as a factor of recognition, particularly for those who migrated from one place to another place. The new name types range from Trousdale and Trowsdale to Truesdale, Trowsdall, and Trosdall. Examples from Yorkshire Church Schedules consist of John Trousdale (1585), Thomas Trowsdaile (1593), Dorithy Troysdall (1663) and Richard Trowesdayll (1666). The wedding of Bernardus Trowsdale and Elizabeth Atkinson listed in November 1668, at Danby in Cleveland.


More common variations of this surname are: Trouesdale, Trusdale, Truesdal, Tresdale, Truesdle, Trousdale, Truisdale, Trewsdale, Truesdall, Trusedale.


The origins of the surname Lent found in Lincolnshire where people held a family seat from early times as Kings of the palace. The Saxon effects of English history declined after the war of Hastings in 1066. The language of the court was French for the next three centuries and after the Norman control. But Saxon surnames remained, and the family name first set down in the year 1275 when Clemence de Lentone held estates.

The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Alice Trosdall, dated about 1577, in the named in Kirkleatham, Yorkshire. It was during the time of Queen Elizabeth I, dated 1371 – 1390, who was known as the” Good Queen Bess.” The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling variations of the original one.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Truesdale settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 19th, and 20th. Some of the people with the name Truesdale who settled in the United States in the 17th century included Richard Truesdale arrived in Massachusetts in 1635.

Some of the people with the name Truesdale who settled in the United States in the 18th century included H B Truesdale landed in San Francisco, California in 1850.

Some of the people with the name Truesdale who settled in the United States in the 20th century included Annie E. Truesdale at the age of 20 landed in America from Ireland, in 1902. Ruby Truesdale at the age 25, who landed in America from division Waterford, Ireland in 1903. Samuel Truesdale at the of 48 from Newcastle, Ireland, Jane Truesdale, at the age of 58, from Bolton, England, and William Truesdale at the age of 39, from Belfast, Ireland all these arrived in the same year in 1907.


Some of the people with the name Truesdale who settled in Canada in the 20th century included Laura Truesdale at the age of 12 settled in Brantford, Canada, in 1918.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Truesdale: United States 4,881; England 387; Northern Ireland 334; Scotland 144; Australia 108; New Zealand 47; Sweden 22; Nicaragua 3; Spain 2.

Notable People:

C.W. "Bill" Truesdale was a producer of New Rivers Press in the United States.

Calvin Truesdale was an old producer of Rock Island, Illinois.

Donald Leroy Truesdale was an American Marine Troops Medal of Honor receiver.

Frank Truesdale was an American player in baseball. He was also a second baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1910 through 1918 for the St. Louis Browns (1910–1911), New York Yankees (1914) and Boston Red Sox (1918).

John C. Truesdale was an old chairperson of the National Labor Relations Board in the United States.

William Truesdale was an American railroad manager.

Yanic Truesdale was a Canadian artist and entertainer famous for his representation of Michel Gerard in the television series Gilmore Girls, a role that motivated the Daily to name him one of "10 Actors to Watch.".

Truesdale Coat of Arms Meaning

The three main devices (symbols) in the Truesdale blazon are the piles, boar and fess. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and sable.

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3.

Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 4. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 5. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 6.

The pile was originally quite a simple shape, being a triangle reaching from the top of the shield down to a point near the lower centre 7. A clear example being that of CHANDOS awarded in 1337, Or a pile gules. There is some argument as to the origin, Wade suggests some similarity with the meaning of “pile” in construction (a foundation) and hence that the shape could be adopted by those who have demonstrated some ability in the building trade 8. An earlier writer, Guillim, perhaps more plausibly suggested that the shape echoes those of a pennant or triangular flag 9 The shape is quite distinctive however and became popular, leading to many embellishments to distinguish it from its close fellows, with multiple piles meeting at various points, starting from various edges and with additional decoration, leading to potentially quite complex descriptions!

In the middle ages, the wild boar, a far more fearsome creature than its domesticated relative, the pig was a much more commonly seen animal than today. It was also known as a sanglier. 10 It can appear in many of the same poses that we see for the lion, but has its own (easily imagined!) position known as enraged! 11 We should not be surprised then that this “fierce combatant” is said to be associated with the warrior. 12

The fesse (also found as fess) is one of the major ordinaries to found in heraldry, being a bold, broad, horizontal band across the centre of the shield. It may originally have arisen from the planks of which a wooden shield can be constructed, the centremost plank being painted a different colour 13. It is instantly recognisable as a symbol, for example the arms of COLEVILLE granted during the reign of Hery III are simply or, a fesse gules. With this clear association with the construction of the shield itself, Wade believes that the fesse can be taken to be associated with the military, as a “girdle of honour”.

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Gordon Truesdell commented on 24-Jul-2018
General armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales by Sir Bernard Burke, C.B., LL.D., also the author of “the Pherage and Baronetage” and “History of the Landed Gentry”. He stated that “Truesdale is ‘Ar. three piles sa. all over a fess gu. a canton ermines. Crest - A boar’s head couped and erect in pale ppr.” And Truesdale (Ulster’s Office, 1658, Capt Francis Truesdale) Ar. A fess by. surmounted by three piles issuing out of the chief meeting in base sa. a canton ermines, quartering. 1st, Montifitchet, Cheny or and gu. on a chief ar. a lion pass. of the second; 2nd St. Owen, Gu three chevs. or. Then you have Trewsdale...... Paul, My question is color wise or whether or not the blazon is under or over the chevrons is actually in the descriptions of the coat of arms for Truesdell or Truesdale. Please contact me. My daughter is Carol Truesdell Wagner. Regards, Gordon
Paul E Truesdell commented on 10-Jun-2018
The pales should be overall; not the fess. The crest is a case of mistaken identity (according to the late R.P. Graham-Vivian, Esq., Windsor Herald) and should be: "A heraldic tygre's head couped, vert; eared and maned, or; a spearhead in its mouth (the spearhead is proper).


  • 1 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 2 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 3 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
  • 4 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
  • 5 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 6 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Pile
  • 8 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P48
  • 9 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P52
  • 10 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 72
  • 11 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Boar
  • 12 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P67
  • 13 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Fesse