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The Origin of the Family Name Trump

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Donald Trump’s family name is quite appropriate.  It is a surname of  German origin, from the German word for “drum”, “drumf”.  The one thing the Trump family knows is how to beat its own drum! It is unclear when his grandfather, Frederick Trump I, dropped the “f” from the family name and changed the “d” to a “t”  but he did this before World War I.  Some historians claim he made the name was changed when his grandfather, Frederick Trump, became an American citizen. Both his son Frederick II and his grandson Donald sought to distance themselves from their German heritage by claiming he was Swedish!

NYC Walks Blog 72 The Origin of the Family Name Trump © 2019 by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg

 

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