Origin of the Name Turnbull
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Turnbull is of Scottish origin and arose from a nickname for a man thought to be brave and strong enough to turn back a charging bull. Variants inclue Turnball and Turnbill. William of Rule was awarded lands for saving the life of Robert Bruce, and was thereafter known as Turnebull. The territory of the Turnbulls was a baronial possession of the House of Douglas, and by 1510 they had become so dismayed of the authority of James IV that he decided to make an example, and 200 members of the family appeared before him wearing linen sheets, with swords, and halters around their neck, with some being hanged or imprisoned. After this many of the Turnbulls left the borderd. Turnbull castles were Barnshill, and Bedrule, the latter being destroyed by the English in 1545. They owned great estates in Philiphaugh for 300 years but lost them to the Murrays. In Ireland the name Turnbull is usually of immigrant origin having been brought into Ulster Province by settlers.
The Turnbull coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Turnbull descendants.