Trump (surname)

Trump is a German surname. It derives from a word for "drum."

German surname

Bahlow (1982) derives the German surname Trump from a Bavarian word for "drum" (Middle High German trumpe).[1] Trump is a contemporary German surname (comparatively rare, with 382 phone book entries as of 2016), with concentrations in the Cologne area, the Bad Dürkheim district (includes Kallstadt), Gifhorn district and the Schwäbisch Hall/Ansbach region.[2]

Trump family

The German Verein für Computergenealogie traces the ancestry of Frederick Trump to 18th-century Bobenheim am Berg in the German Palatinate.[3] From there, Johannes Trump (1789-1835) moved to the nearby village of Kallstadt. His son Johannes Christian Trump (1829-1877) married Katharina Kober from Wachenheim, and one of their children, Friedrich (later called Frederick), emigrated to New York in 1885.


  • Georg Trump (1891–1965), Nazi official, German Press Attaché to Switzerland, 1940–44
  • Georg Trump (1896–1985), German graphic, typeface, and postage stamp designer
  • Harvey Trump (born 1968), English cricketer
  • Judd Trump (born 1989), English snooker player
  • Walter Trump, German mathematician
  • William Trump (1923–2009), USCG hero and namesake of the USCGC William Trump


  • Kelly Trump (born August 27, 1970 as Nicole Heyka), German pornographic actress


  1. Bahlow: Deutsches Namenslexikon (1982). MHG trumpe, trumbe, trume could mean either "trumpet" or "drum". Lexer, Mittelhochdeutsches Handwörterbuch (1872-1878) records variants in d- (drumme, drume, drumpe) under the meaning "drum",
  3. Verein für Computergenealogie: Vorfahren von Friederich "Fritz" Trump.
  • Hanks, Patrick (2003), "Trump", in Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press

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