Trimble, Robert - History

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Trimble was born in Augusta County, Virginia on November 17, 1776. He grew up in Kentucky. He attended Transylvania University and was admitted to the bar in 1803. Trimble was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1802. In 1807, he was appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 1807. He resigned the next year to return to private practice. In 1817 President Madison appointed Trimble to the District Court of Kentucky where he served for eight years. President John Quincy Adams appointed Trimble to the Supreme Court in 1826, where he served for two years before he died.

Trimble History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The descendants of a Boernician family in ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Trimble. It is a name for a man named Rule (sometimes Ruel) who saved King Robert the Bruce at Stirling Park from a charging bull by turning the bull's head.

According to tradition, the King rewarded Rule with lands in Bedrule, and instructed him to change his name to Turnbull. This same man, Rule, is said to have served at the Battle of Halidon Hill in 1333, against the English. Rule preceded the Scottish Army into battle with a huge black dog, and challenged any Englishman to fight him. Sir Robert Venal of Norfolk accepted his challenge and killed both Rule and his dog. [1] While the account of the fight is most certainly true and well documented, the legend behind the name Turnbull is questionable.

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Early Origins of the Trimble family

The surname Trimble was first found in Roxburghshire. Referring to the aforementioned Rule reference, there was a noble family of Rule, which derived its name from the Water of Rule, an affluent of the Teviot.

This family dates back to 1214 when King William the Lion of Scotland granted lands to Alan de Rule. If the bull episode is true, then the bearer was either Adam de Rule or Thomas de Rule, the two Rule chieftains who appeared on the Ragman Rolls in 1296, just after the Stirling Park affair.

Later, King Robert the Bruce did in fact grant lands in the west of Fulhophalche to William Turnbull in 1315. King David II also granted the lands of Humdallwalschop (now Hundleshop) to John Turnbull. [1]

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Early History of the Trimble family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trimble research. Another 389 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1296, 1315, 1333, 1329, 1545, 1400, 1447, 1454, 1450, 1562, 1633, 1562, 1591 and are included under the topic Early Trimble History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trimble Spelling Variations

Before the printing press and the first dictionaries appeared, names and other words were often spelled differently every time they were written. Trimble has appeared under the variations Turnbull, Turnball, Trimble, Trimbell, Trumbell, Trumbill, Turnbul and many more.

Early Notables of the Trimble family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was William Turnbull (d. 1454), Bishop of Glasgow, who procured from the pope a charter to establish a university in the city.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trimble Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Trimble family to Ireland

Some of the Trimble family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Trimble migration +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Trimble Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Trimble, who arrived in Augusta County, Va in 1740 [2]
  • John Trimble, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740 [2]
  • Margaret Trimble, who landed in Virginia in 1740 [2]
  • Mary Trimble, who arrived in Virginia in 1740 [2]
Trimble Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Trimble, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Edward Trimble, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Gibson Trimble, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823 [2]
  • James Trimble, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • A N Trimble, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875 [2]
  • . (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Trimble migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Trimble Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Trimble, aged 50 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Ayrshire" departing from the port of Newry, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 3rd September 1847 [3]
  • Mr. Hall Trimble, aged 23 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Maria Somes" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 19th September 1847 [3]
  • Ms. Isabella Trimble, aged 25 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Ayrshire" departing from the port of Newry, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 26th August 1847 [3]
  • Mrs. Jane Trimble, aged 62 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Maria Somes" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 22nd September 1847 [3]
  • Mr. Joseph Trimble, aged 25 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Yorkshire" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 10th September 1847 [3]
  • . (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Trimble migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Trimble Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Trimble, (b. 1819), aged 22, Irish labourer from County Tyrone, Ireland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [4]
  • Mrs. Lydia Trimble, (b. 1821), aged 20, Irish dress maker from County Tyrone, Ireland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [5]
  • Mary Trimble, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849 [6]
  • James Trimble, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849 [7]
  • Thomas Trimble (aged 24) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"

Trimble migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Broadening ‘the base of role models’

In college, Patterson met other African American students interested in change. They talked about nonviolent ways to protest segregation and made plans to sit at the “whites only” lunch counter at the local F. W. Woolworth store. Planning was one thing — taking action was more difficult since arrest and violence were potential consequences.

When Patterson’s friends invited him to go with them on Feb. 1, 1960, he declined, saying, “I’m not going to miss my class just to go downtown, and we get down there and everybody chickens out,” which had happened before. His friends surprised him that day by going through with their plan. On Feb. 2, Patterson joined them for their next protest. By his senior year, he was participating in daily protests and was appointed vice chairman of the Greensboro chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality. “Once the sit-ins started in Greensboro … it just kind of spread like wildfire,” Patterson said in 1989. “It became contagious.”

The Greensboro sit-ins at the Woolworth lunch counter — the first of that style of sit-in protest — marked a new movement in the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. News of the students’ nonviolent protests spread, and similar sit-ins started happening across the South. Over the next several years, protesters inside stores and out on the streets continued a fight against discrimination that eventually led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, ending segregation in public places.

When asked in 1989 his opinion on the greatest accomplishment of the civil rights movement, Patterson responded, “I think what has happened is we have broadened the base of role models. … So I think now a young black kid can almost aspire to be anything he wants to be, because there’s somebody out there to serve as a role model.”

B-24 Pilot Saved 1000’s of POWS But Never Said a Word About His Wartime Heroism

The loss of life and the destruction caused by conflict is one of the greatest tragedies of war. A more personal tragedy is that many true heroes go unsung. In the chaos, deeds of valor and selfless sacrifice are forgotten, never heard of in the first place, or, worse, covered up and buried.

Captain Robert Trimble of the United States Air Force saved hundreds of prisoners of war from certain death in WWII. But the truth of his actions was kept under wraps. The facts almost went to his grave with him until he spoke about his covert missions to his son in the final years of his life.

Robert Trimble had already flown 35 successful missions in his B-24 bomber by the time victory was in sight for the Allies. He was assigned one more mission, deep in Soviet territory.

B-24s of the 491st Bomb Group.

The mission was to take place in February 1945. His superior officers made it sound like this final mission would be a simple one with minimal risk: he was to fly out recently repaired airplanes.

However, when he got to Poltava Airbase in Ukraine (one of three airbases the Americans were allowed to use in Soviet territory), his commanding officer revealed to him the real details of his mission. What seemed like a straightforward task ended up being an extremely dangerous, top-secret endeavor.

Trimble was ordered to work with American counterintelligence agents in Soviet territory with the aim of evacuating American POWs. He was well aware of the risks — he would certainly be killed if the Russians found out what he was doing.

Consolidated B-24 Liberator

While initially resentful about being duped into such a high-risk undertaking, he changed his mind after rescuing his first load of prisoners. After that, he was enthusiastic about his mission, despite its dangerous nature.

Even though Britain, France, the USA, and the Soviet Union were allies on paper, their ties of friendship were in reality paper-thin. Stalin distrusted his Western counterparts immensely. Any Westerners in Soviet territory were automatically assumed to be spies. If discovered, they were either sent to prison camps or made to “disappear.”

The situation facing Western POWs in Nazi prison camps in Poland was grim. Even when the camps were liberated by advancing Soviet forces, Western prisoners would be turned out into the harsh Polish winter without guns, food, any form of supplies, or any way of getting home.

Arriving at Auschwitz

As for Soviets taken prisoner by the Germans, Stalin considered them traitors and deserters. He simply had them shot or worked them to death in his infamous gulags.

There were other prisoners in these camps too: Jews, of course, and French women used as forced laborers and sex slaves by the Nazis.

Trimble’s first encounter with the people he was charged with rescuing totally changed his perspective on everything.

He received word from an agent that there were a number of American and British prisoners of war hiding in a barn in southeast Poland. With the aid of his diplomatic passport, he covertly made his way there.

Auschwitz Concentration camp. PerSona77 – CC BY-SA 3.0 pl

He was horrified at the scene that greeted him: emaciated men huddled together, wrapped in filthy rags full of fleas and lice, on the brink of death. He managed to hide the 23 men in a horse-drawn cart and smuggled them into the city of Lviv.

He bribed Soviet guards with US dollars (as valuable as solid gold in Soviet territories) and got the men onto a train that would take them to the West, and freedom.

In Lviv, he came across more British troops who had been set free from a German prison camp by the Soviets. These men were starving to death and begging for food on the streets. Once again risking his life, Trimble managed to smuggle them to the British embassy in Moscow.

Soviet Soldiers In Lviv (Lwów).

For the next six weeks, Trimble would embark on many more of these missions. Sometimes he would carry up to $15,000 – an absolute fortune in that time and place – hidden in pockets all over his clothes, to use as bribes. He ended up rescuing many more prisoners of war, including 400 French women who had been kept as slaves by the Nazis.

However, his missions were brought to an abrupt halt when the Soviets, increasingly suspicious of American activity in their territory, forced Poltava Airbase to shut down. No Americans were allowed in or out.

By caving so easily to Soviet demands, Trimble felt that the top brass were selling out the American troops. He became increasingly angry at and disillusioned with his superiors.

As it turned out, he was not able to go on any more rescue missions. WWII came to an end in May 1945, and Poltava Airbase was shut down soon afterward. All Western troops had to leave Soviet territory.

Assault gun ISU-152 in Lvov July 1944

Trimble was awarded the Bronze Star for his service at Poltava, but was admonished for comments he had made in reports, saying things like “shame on America.”

In contrast, the French had no reservations about awarding him top honors for what he had done. He received the Croix de Guerre, one of France’s highest military decorations for acts of extraordinary valor.

Croix de Guerre. By Guillaume Piolle – CC BY 3.0

Because of the top-secret nature of his missions deep in Soviet territory, his deeds were never publicized. He never told anyone about what he had done in Poland either – not until the very end of his life.

In 2006, when he was 86 years old, he mentioned something about his missions to his son, Lee. His son spent the next few years interviewing his father about his missions in Poland, eventually compiling what he had learned into a book, Beyond the Call.

Robert Trimble died in 2009, aged 89. Fortunately, his heroic deeds did not die with him. He will always be remembered as a true hero who went above and beyond the call of duty to save many innocent lives.

“Beyond the Call” – Captain Robert M. Trimble – The Unsung Hero Who Saved 1000 POWs In WW2

During WWII, the American government tricked him into going on a secret and dangerous mission to save lives. After the war, only France and Russia thanked him.

Robert Matlack Trimble was born on October 5, 1919, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He later joined the Boy Scouts, little knowing how well it would serve him.

In the war, he served as a bomber pilot with the US 8 th Air Force in England. When his tour of duty ended in December 1944, he was given a choice: return to America on a 21-day furlough to see his wife and newborn daughter, or go to a small US Airbase in Russia as a ferry pilot retrieving downed planes.

He and his wife agreed that the latter option was best. Germany was losing, by then, and there was no more fighting in Russia. Such a posting would keep him safe until the war was over. Or so they thought.

Britain, the US, and the USSR had become Allies against Nazi Germany and had agreed, amongst other things, to take care of each other’s troops. The USSR, however, had different ideas about what that meant.

By 1945, the Soviets controlled all of Poland as they advanced towards Germany. They had no qualms about freeing civilians from concentration camps.

However, they felt differently when it came to Soviet POWs. As far as they were concerned, the latter were not victims. They were traitors who deserved to be punished further.

They did not care about the British, American, and other Allied POWs either. Those trapped in Soviet territory (including Poland) were left to fend for themselves if they were lucky. Some were robbed and even killed by Soviet soldiers. Others were imprisoned as potential spies.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (seated left), US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference in Crimea in 1945

The Allies were in a tight spot. With the war still raging, they needed the Soviets and could not afford to annoy them. Pleas to release Allied personnel trapped behind Soviet lines fell on deaf ears. There was the same reaction with requests to bring in rescue teams to retrieve them. This was why Trimble was lied to.

In early February 1945, Trimble was sent to an airbase in Poltava, Ukraine – the HQ of the Allied Eastern Command. It had been used as a staging post for bombing operations between England and Italy. Now, with the Italians subdued, it had become obsolete. Trimble was not there to salvage planes.

He was the rescue mission – armed with only his diplomatic status, cash, his wits, and his Boy Scouts training. With these, he had to find Allied soldiers and get them to Odessa where British ships were waiting to take them home. He had to do all this under the watchful eye of the NKVD – predecessor of the KGB.

Trimble was not happy. Neither were the Allies. They had no intelligence network within Soviet territory, and without a viable cover story, he could not go to Poland. Fortunately, the Soviets gave him one.

Auschwitz survivors liberated by the Red Army in January 1945

On January 26, 1945, the Red Army discovered Auschwitz and wanted the Americans to see it. Trimble was horrified at what he saw, but was his intelligence correct? The Soviets were kind to the prisoners, doing what they could to feed and care for them. Surely they did the same for Allied soldiers.

Getting away from the camp and his Soviet escorts, he found a farm building with about 50 men – all former Auschwitz prisoners, one of whom was an American. He offered to get them to Krakow, but they asked about the women and children at another camp. They took him there and found another 25 emaciated survivors.

“They come with us?” one of the men asked pleadingly. “They come with us,” Trimble replied as he held Kasia, a baby who had been born in the camp.

He got them to the train station and bought everyone tickets to Odessa – all but one. Kasia did not make it.

Although furious at having been tricked by his government, he resolved then to do what he could – sometimes camping out in the frozen countryside to find more victims.

Back in Ukraine, he heard that some foreign men were living in a barn. He found all 23 of them, emaciated and struggling to stay warm – all British and Americans. He put them on a horse-drawn cart and sneaked them into the City of Lviv by bribing the guards with cash and alcohol. They also went to Odessa.

Then he found more British soldiers in the city, wandering around begging for food. He sent them to the British Embassy in Moscow, but he still had to fulfill his cover story.

In mid-March, he retrieved a B-17 bomber that had crashed in Poland following a bombing raid on Germany. Despite their agreement, the Soviets were giving him a hard time because they wanted it for themselves. After threatening the Soviet captain, he repaired the plane and got it flying as Soviet reinforcements arrived.

Unfortunately, he could not go far as it did not have much fuel. Worse, he hit a snowstorm, forcing him to stay in Poland at the Hotel George. There he rescued another 22 Allied soldiers who had escaped from a Soviet camp.

That same month, a French woman dressed in rags went to his hotel. Isabelle had heard that an American was saving Allied soldiers. She asked if he would make an exception for her. She had been taken to Poland by the Nazis to work on a farm and wanted to get back home.

“Of course,” said Trimble as he counted out money for train tickets. “Who else is with you?” “400,” she replied.

Their guards had abandoned the farm, so the women were hiding in the woods outside the city. He had never rescued that many at once, but Isabelle refused to abandon them – it was all or nothing. Trimble bribed train workers to stop their vehicle outside the city and let the women board.

After the war, he found out what happened to them. He was flown to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio where the French Ambassador presented him with the Croix de Guerre for rescuing the women.

As his mission was secret, no one knows how many he saved. In 1995, the new Russian government also awarded him for what he did.

The US only gave him a Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal, and a Bronze Star. They have yet to acknowledge the rest.

Trimble kept his story a secret until just before his death. He was still haunted by the horrors of what he saw and his conviction that he could have done more.

His amazing legacy was entrusted to his son, Lee Trimble, who teamed up with Jeremy Dronfield to relate his feats in “Beyond The Call: The True Story of One World War II Pilot’s Covert Mission to Rescue POWs on the Eastern Front.” Hopefully, Captain Trimble will get the official recognition he so truly deserves.

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This Trimble line is of Scotch-Irish descent, meaning the Scotch who were transplanted into Northern Ireland by King James as a force against the Celtic Irish.

Five brothers, James, Moses, David, John and Alexander Trimble came to America from Armagh, Ireland, somtime between 1740 and 1744. James and John settled in Augusta County. Page 178, "Annals of Augusta County, Virginia". Children were: Walter TRIMBLE, John TRIMBLE, Moses TRIMBLE, David TRIMBLE, James TRIMBLE.

1. ROBERT1 TRIMBLE was born 1695 in Scotland. He married HANNAH UNKNOWN.

TURNBULL CLAN The Clan Turnbull is descended from a family of Roule, or Rule, so named from the town of Roule, lying on the left bank of the stream called Rule.

In 1300 William Rule was living there, he changed his name to "Turn e bull" by order of King Robert Bruce, whose life he saved from the attack of a wield bull, while jousting in the forest of Callander1

King Robert Bruce, was violently attacked, unhorsed and would have been killed, had not Rule jumped between the King and the enraged animal and seizing it by the horns, overthrew and killed it.

For this gallant deed King Robert Bruce in 1315 granted to William Rule, alias, TURN E BULL, that piece of land called Fulhophold Philyshough) as far into the forest as it was ploughed in past time. For which he and his heirs were to present to the King, one broad arrow at the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (August 15).

For which he and his heirs were to present to the King, one broad arrow at the feast of the Assumption TURNBULL= This is one of the many Scottish family names for which popular etymology of an early date has supplied a romantic origin.

Five brothers, James, Moses, John, David and Alexander Trimble, came to America from Armagh, Ireland, in 1740. James and John settled in Augusta county, Virginia. James Trimble was a surveyor. He married Sarah Kersey and lived near Lexington, Va. He had six sons and four daughters. Jane, the oldest daughter, married Wm. McClure Agnes married David Steele, ancestor of the Rockbridge family of that name Sarah married Samuel Steele and removed to Tennessee Rachel married James Carothers, who also went west. John Trimble, the brother of James, the surveyor, settled in Augusta on Middle River, about two miles from Churchville, eight from Staunton and five from Buffalo Gap. He married Mary Moffett, widow of John Moffett. His death occurred in 1764, having been killed by the Indians at the time of the second Kerr Massacre, when his only son, James was captured by the Indians and afterwards rescued by his half-brother, Capt. Geo. Moffett. John Trimble's widow and his brother James qualified as administrators in 1764. On the eighteenth of March, 1768, George Moffett qualified in the county court as the guardian of James Trimble orphan of John Trimble.

Children of ROBERT TRIMBLE and UNKNOWN are: (birthdates are approximated) 2. i. DAVID2 TRIMBLE, b. 1720, Scotland d. 1799, Bourdon Co, KY. 3. ii. JAMES TRIMBLE, b. 1710, Scotland /Ireland d. 1776, Rockbridge Va. 4. iii. JOHN TRIMBLE, b. 1710, Armagh Ireland d. September 13, 1764, Augusta County, VA. 5. iv. ALEXANDER TRIMBLE, b. 1720, Scotland d. 1768. v. MOSES TRIMBLE, b. 1729 d. 1783, Washington Co, VA..

[Source: (Note: this source claims tht Robert Trimble's wife was named Hannah based upon a land record in Augusta County, but after further review, the land record in quesion was referencing a different Robert Trimble's, son of Walter Trimble).

Mentioned in the Augusta County, VA records first on Nov. 18, 1741 as follows:

Deed Book 1, page 434-18th Nov, 1747. LII current money Virginia. Benj. Borden & C, to Moses Trimble (sold in testator's lifetime), 345-1/2 acres, part of 92,100 adjoining John Huston on the Timber Ridge corner to Samuel Gray corner to David Edminstonl corner to Daniel Lyle. Teste: Samuel Grayl corner to Daniel Lyle. Teste: Joseph Lapsley, Alexander Douglas, Abraham Brown. Acknowledge 18th Nov. 1747."

2. Moses was a witness to Houston's will. He later moved to Washington, Co., VA near Abingdon and his will is recorded there. This will was witnessed by William Russell, a brother-in-law of Patrick Henry. Usually a relative was witness to a will and a member of the court and a friend.

Moses Trimble's Will (Will Book No 2, page 83, May 20, 1783 Abingdon, VA).


Bert, Bertie, Berto, Bertus (also short for Albert or Herbert)
Beto, Betinho (Portuguese)
Bo, Bob, Bobbie, Bobby
Chrodobert, Chrodobrecht (Frankish)
Dobbie, Dobby
Boris (Bulgarian) (possibly not etymologically connected, but linked together through nickname "Bob")
Hob, Hopkin (Medieval English)
Hopcyn (Welsh)
Hrodberaht, Hrodebert, Hrodpreht (Old High German)
Rab, Rabbie (Scots)
Raibeart (Scottish Gaelic)
Rhobert (Welsh)
Roibeárd, Riobárd (Irish)
Rob, Robb, Robbie, Robby (also short for Robin)
Robbe (Dutch, Frisian and Low German short form)
Robban (Swedish)
Robbert (Dutch)
Robbi, Hrobbi, Hrobjartur, Bjartur, Art (Icelandic)
Robercik or Robuś (Polish, "Little Robert")
Robere (Old French)
Ροβῆρος, Rovēros (Greek)
Róbert (Hungarian, Icelandic, Slovak)
Robertas (Lithuanian)
Roberto (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)
Robertino (Italian, "Little Robert")
Robertinho (Portuguese, "Little Robert")
Роберт (Robert), Роман (Roman) (Russian)
Ροβέρτος, Rovértos (Greek)
Raivo (Estonian)
Roberts (Latvian)
Raivis (Latvian form of the Estonian variant)
Robertson (English given name)
Robertus (Latin)
Robetus (Medieval misspelling?)
Robi (Croatian, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian)
Röbi (Swiss German)

Robin (Medieval diminutive in English, Dutch, Swedish)
Robrecht (Old Dutch)
Rodbeard, Rodbeart
Rodbert, Rodebert, Rotbert, Roteberht, Rotebert (Germanic)
Rodbertus, Rodepertus (Latin)
Rodebrecht (Old German)
Röpke (Low German diminutive form)
Rotbryht (Old English)
Roopertti, Pertti, Roope (Finnish)
Robertukka, Roopertukka, Tuukka (Finnish nicknames)
Ropars, Ropartz, Roparzh (Breton)
Ruben, Rupen, Roupen (Armenian)
Reuben (Hebrew)
Rutbert, Rubert, Ruby (Old Dutch)
Rudebet, Rudbert, Rudbert, Rudpert, Rudbrecht, Rudprecht
Rupert (Dutch, English, German, Polish)
Ruperto (Spanish)
Rupertus, Rvpertvs (Latin)
Rutpert, Ruppert, Rupprecht, Ruprecht (Upper German)
Trebor (reversal)

Feminine forms:
Bobbi, Bobbie
Robbi, Robbie
Robertina, Robertine
Robyn, Robynne
Ruprette, Rupretta (archaic French)

Robert, Roberts, Robertson, Roberson, Robinson, Robero, Romero, Bertson, Bertke, Robertsen, Robertov, Robright

The name Robert was a royal name in France, Germany, Scotland and England during the medieval period, and was the name of several kings, dukes, and other rulers and noblemen.

Robert was in the top 10 most given boys' names in the United States for 47 years, from 1925 to 1972. [4]

Robert was one of the most popular male names in medieval Europe, likely due to its frequent usage amongst royalty and nobility. To this day Robert remains one of the most frequently given male names in the world.

The names second component, *berhta- , is the original root for the modern English word "bright". [5]

While some names become less frequently used due to negative associations, Robert is still widely used despite its connection to many negatively evaluated historical figures.

In Italy during the Second World War, the form of the name, Roberto, briefly acquired a new meaning derived from, and referring to the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis. [6]

The name Robert almost exactly shares its meaning with the name Waldemar / Vladimir.

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Robert Trimble

Robert Trimble (November 17, 1776 – August 25, 1828) was an attorney, judge, and a justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Trimble was born in Berkeley County, Virginia, to William Trimble and Mary McMillan. His family moved to Kentucky when he was three years old. They settled in the area outside Boonesboro (now Clark County).

Trimble's opportunities for early education were sparse, but he studied what material was available and taught school for a few years. He studied law at a new law school in Lebanon, Ohio. He also read law under George Nicholas until Nicholas' death in 1799, then continued his studies under future Louisiana Senator James Brown. He was licensed to practice law by the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 1803 and commenced practice in Paris, Kentucky.

Trimble married Nancy Timberlake and the two had at least six children.

In 1803, Trimble was elected to represent Bourbon County in the Kentucky House of Representatives. During his single term in the legislature, he found that he disliked the life of a politician, and thereafter refused election to any public office, including two nominations to the U.S. Senate.

In 1808, Trimble was commissioned as an associate justice on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, where he was a colleague of future U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy. He was offered elevation to chief justice of the court in 1810, but declined because his financial situation dictated that he return to his legal practice.

President James Madison appointed Trimble U.S. Attorney for the District of Kentucky in 1813. On January 28, 1817, Madison nominated Trimble to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Kentucky vacated by the death of Harry Innes. Trimble was quickly confirmed by the United States Senate on January 31, 1817, and received his commission the same day.

On April 11, 1826, President John Quincy Adams nominated Trimble to a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States vacated by the death of Justice Thomas Todd. Trimble was Adams' only appointment to the Supreme Court and the first U.S. District Judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court. Adams is said to have appointed Trimble because of the "Kentucky" vacancy created by the death of Thomas Todd and on the advice of Henry Clay, who was Secretary of State. Trimble was again confirmed by the United States Senate on May 9, 1826, and received his commission the same day.

As a member of the court, Trimble generally agreed with the opinions of Chief Justice John Marshall. In a notable departure, he wrote the majority opinion in the case of Ogden v. Saunders Marshall wrote the dissenting opinion in the case. Trimble served on the Court until his sudden death from a "malignant bilious fever" on August 25, 1828. He died in Paris, Kentucky and was buried in the Paris Cemetery. Trimble County, Kentucky is named in his honor.

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