Explore the Family Name Trimble

The meaning of Trimble

1. English (northwestern) and Irish (Tyrone, Down and Fermanagh): variant of Trumble, recorded in northern Ireland since the 17th century. 2. Americanized form of French Tremblay. History: Some of the American bearers of the surname Trimble (see 2 above) are descendants of Pierre Tremblay from France (see Tremblay).

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

How common is the last name Trimble in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Trimble experienced a slight dip in popularity between 2000 and 2010. The ranking of the surname dropped from 2138 to 2235, marking a decrease of 4.54%. However, despite this drop in rank, the actual count of people with the Trimble surname increased by 730 from 15,576 to 16,306. This represents a growth rate of 4.69%. The proportion per 100,000 also declined slightly during this period, falling by 4.16%.

Proportion per 100k5.775.53-4.16%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Trimble

In terms of ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census showed some shifts among those with the Trimble surname from 2000 to 2010. The percentage identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander saw a significant increase, rising by 58.97% from 0.39% to 0.62%. Those who identified with two or more races also increased from 1.27% to 1.72%, a change of 35.43%. The number of Trimbles identifying as White decreased slightly, from 82.31% to 79.20%, a change of -3.78%. The Hispanic population within the Trimble surname increased by 66.67%, while those identifying as Black rose by 8.08%. Lastly, there was an increase of 33.33% in American Indian and Alaskan Native individuals bearing the surname Trimble.

Two or More Races1.27%1.72%35.43%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.69%0.92%33.33%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.39%0.62%58.97%

Trimble ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Trimble is British & Irish, which comprises 52.0% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (25.7%) and Eastern European (4.0%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Nigerian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

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British & Irish52.0%
French & German25.7%
Eastern European4.0%

Possible origins of the surname Trimble

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Trimble have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom85.20%
Greater London, United Kingdom85.20%
West Midlands, United Kingdom84.90%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom84.90%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom84.90%

What Trimble haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Trimble is R-CTS241, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS241 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L21 and R-L1335, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Mccabe, Maxwell, Shipley, Whitney, Barlow, Phelan, Mckenna, Fitzpatrick, Justice, Mcnulty.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Trimble surname are: J1c, H1, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

trimblePaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Trimble have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Trimble" Surname 45.5%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Trimble" Surname 24.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Trimble" Surname 20.3%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Trimble" Surname 19.7%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Trimble?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Trimble are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%