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Gender: Male Meaning of Truman: "loyal one" Origin of Truman: English

The name Truman is a boy's name of English origin meaning "loyal one". Truman and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Truman is an upstanding presidential name that radiates an aura of integrity and moral truth, values any parent would want for a child. It seems definitely headed for a revival.

Also associated with writer Truman Capote, Truman was at the height of its popularity in the early twentieth century, around the time Capote was born. It reached its highest point—Number 249—in 1945, the year Harry Truman succeeded FDR.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson chose it for their son, and it's also the name of Martha Stewart's young grandson.

Truman Burbank was the ingenuous character played by Jim Carrey in The Truman Show, and Truman was the surname of Will in Will and Grace.

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Famous People Named Truman

Truman Garcia Capote (born Truman Streckfus Persons), American novelist
Truman Handy Newberry, U.S. Senator from Michigan
Truman Smith, U.S. Senator from Connecticut
Truman Hempel "Ted" Landon, U.S Air Force general in WWII
Truman Seymour, U.S. Civil War general
Truman Theodore Hanks (b. 1995), son of actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Truman Stewart (b. 2012), son of Alexis Stewart; grandson of lifestyle guru Martha Stewart
Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States

Pop Culture References for the name Truman

Truman Burbank, main character in film "The Truman Show"
Truman Motley, Mike and Mabel Motley's son in comic strip "Motley's Crew"
Truman Lester, character in film "A Good Baby"
Will Truman, character on TV's "Will and Grace"
Truman High School, school in"Bring It On" the musical

Trueman, Trumain, Trumaine, Trumann, Trumen


Abbott Says:


I feel like this could be a really good middle name

MonikerWanderer Says:


I used to not like this name, but then I saw The Truman Show. It began to grow on me each time I heard it in that movie and it really seemed to work, and the sheer genius of the movie has made me like it. I probably wouldn't use it as a first name, because I'm not a fan of Harry Truman, but I think it would be a great honorific middle name for the movie.

headintheclouds Says:


I generally dislike surname names, and I didn't like Truman at first- especially with the -man ending that has ruined many a name for me (Herman!). But I became acquainted with a little boy named Truman whose family calls him Tru, and I really started warming up to it- it just sounds so great on him. Definitely one of the cases where a person influences your thoughts on a name, in a positive way.

Zuzana Says:


I think nn Tru is really nice

summer hunter Says:


I love the name Truman because of the Truman Show, which is one of my favorite movies. And Jim Carrey did an amazing job portraying Truman Burbank.