Turnbull Family History
Turnbull Name Meaning
English (Durham and Northumberland) and Scottish: occupational name for one who herds bulls from Middle English turne-bole a compound of Middle English t(o)urnen ‘turn direct steer’ + bul(l)e ‘bull’. Compare Bulman and Bullard. Scottish (Roxburghshire): in the Scottish borderlands the name was either confused with or derived from Trumble .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press