'The trompoures with the loud minstralcie' so wrote Chaucer (1340-1400). The surname of TROMBO was derived from the Old French word 'trompeor' a name given to one who played the trumpet. The name was brought into England from France in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. The name is also spelt TRUMMER, TRUMPER, TRUMPEUR, TRUMPOUR and TRUMPUR. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Adam Trumpur, who was documented in 1253 in County Essex. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. William Trompour was documented in 1320 in London, and John le Trumpour appears in 1327 in County Surrey. Edwin Trumpeur of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. They were not in use in England or in Scotland before the Norman Conquest, and were first found in the Domesday Book. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. Later instances of the name mention Clare Trumper, who was listed in 1644, and George Elliott and Diana Trumper were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1789.
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