Usage Prussian (Modern, Rare), German (East Prussian, Modern, Rare), American (Americanized, Modern, Rare), German (Modern, Rare)
Other Forms FormsDornbach, Turnbach, Turnbo, Turnbaugh, Turnbow, Turnbeaugh, Turnbough, Turnbeau, Dornbaugh, Thornbrook, Durnbaugh, Durnbach, Tornbach, and Dunbaugh
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Meaning & History
Originally the name was spelled Dornbach, meaning "thorny creek". Derived from Old High German Dorn, Turn, or Torn "thorn" and Bach meaning creek. German ancestors of this family eventually came to Pennsylvania in 1725, the name slowly started to change to Turnbach around the 1850's, reasoning unknown, and later Turnbo. The spellings of the name differ per location. The original spelling of the name was Dornbach or Turnbach and originated in Prussia. When the Turnbach's came to American and settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, some remained with the original spelling but many went to other territories and slowly the name began to change. In what I have found is that those who traveled and settled in Missouri spelled their name to Turnbough, while those that settled in Illinois chose the spelling of Turnbaugh , while those that traveled onto and settled in Texas, chose the spelling of Turnbow , the Arkansas side of our family liked the spelling of Turnbo, and those that traveled to settle in the western states of California and Arizona became comfortable with the spelling of Turnbeaugh.