Recorded in many forms including Truckel, Truckell, Truckle, Truckwell, Trucewell, and possibly others, this is an English surname. It is apparently locational, the first known recording of the name in the surviving church registers of the diocese of Greater London being that of Hesster Truckwell who married Philip Horton, at St James Clerkenwell, on May 23rd 1678. This suggests that the derivation is from the pre 7th century Olde English words 'trog' meaning a trough or hollow and 'waella', a stream or spring, to give the place by stream in the hollow. No such place is known to exixt in any of the surname spellings in the gazetters of the British Isles for the past three centuries. The probability is that the place was one of the five thousand or so villages and settlements which are known to have disappeared in the past five hundred years. Many were very tiny, but a large percentage did give rise to surnames, the former inhabitants being given the name of the village as easy identification. Other examples of the surname recording include Mary Truckle, at the church of St Mathews, Friday Street, on April 14th 1702, and George Truckell who married Emily Smith at Islington, on September 16th 1882.

Surnames reference. 2013.

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