While the surname Trump is found throughout Germany, it is recorded as the name of this family in Kallstadt since the 17th century, where many family members were winegrowers. Family members also still live in the family's ancestral region in southwestern Germany.
Gwenda Blair suggests the family may be descended from an itinerant lawyer, Hanns Drumpf, who settled in Kallstadt in 1608 and whose descendants changed their name from Drumpf to Trump during the Thirty Years' War of the 1600s. However, this is not in accordance with data provided by German genealogists. Journalist Kate Connolly, visiting Kallstadt, found several variations in spelling of the surname in the village archives (including Drumb, Tromb, Tromp, Trum, Trumpff, Dromb) but her article does not note "Drumpf". There are no indications that other spellings of the name, including Trumpf, could be related to the Trumps.
Johannes Trump from the nearby village Bobenheim am Berg had established himself as a winegrower in Kallstadt by the late 17th century. Several of his descendants also were vintners in Kallstadt, one of many villages in the famous wine-growing region of the Palatinate (Pfalz). Charlotte Louisa Trump (1789–1833) married Johann Georg Heinz, and their son Johann Heinrich (John Henry) Heinz (1811–1891) emigrated from Kallstadt to the United States in 1840 and was the father of Henry J. Heinz (1844–1919), the founder of the Heinz company.
Friedrich Trump was one of six children of a winegrower and a second cousin of Henry J. Heinz, the founder of Heinz. Friedrich learned the profession of hairdresser. In 1885, at the age of 16, Friedrich emigrated from Kallstadt to the United States. As he did not yet serve the mandatory military duty of two years in the Kingdom of Bavaria, this emigration was illegal. He anglicized his name to Frederick in 1892 when he became a U.S. citizen. During the Alaska Gold Rush, he amassed a fortune by opening restaurants and hotels for gold seekers on their way to the region. While visiting home, Frederick fell in love with Elisabeth Christ (1880–1966) and married her in 1902. She was also a native of Kallstadt, and born as the daughter of Philipp and Marie Christ. Philipp Christ was descended from Johannes Christ (1626–1688/9) of Flörsheim, Hesse.
Frederick and Mary were the parents of Elizabeth Trump (1904–1961), real estate developer Fred Trump (1905–1999) and physicist John G. Trump (1907–1985). Frederick sold his business and settled with Elizabeth in New York City. The family attempted to return to Bavaria, but this was not allowed because of the illegal emigration years earlier. Trump tried unsuccessfully to avoid the deportation by writing to Luitpold. On 1 July 1905 they boarded the Pennsylvania. Three months later, Fred Trump Jr. was born in the Bronx. Frederick died of the Spanish flu on May 30, 1918.
Fred Trump was one of the biggest real estate developers in New York. Using their inheritance, Fred and his mother Elizabeth founded E. Trump & Son. Fred married Mary MacLeod (1912–2000), a native of Tong, a small village near Stornoway, in the Western Isles of Scotland. She was the daughter of fisherman Malcolm MacLeod and Mary MacLeod (née Smith). At age 17, she immigrated to the United States and started working as a maid in New York. Fred and Mary met in New York and married in 1936, settling together in Queens. Mary became a U.S. citizen in 1942. Fred was the father of the businessman Donald Trump, who became president of the real estate company in 1971, and renamed it the Trump Organization. Donald Trump has said that he is "proud" of his German heritage, having served as grand marshal of the 1999 German-American Steuben Parade in New York City. While walking through the city and seeing Trump Tower, Donald Trump recalled saying: "This is a long way from Kallstadt."
Stories about famous emigrants are common in the region, where many people have relations abroad. In 2015, a Kallstadt filmmaker (and remote relative of Trump) produced a documentary in which Trump promised to visit Kallstadt. The media interest in the region increased with Trump's election, but the local reaction was mixed, as "The villagers used to have a better opinion of Donald Trump, before he started his boisterous campaign." There is not much interest in becoming a place of pilgrimage for Trump aficionados; unrelated tourism is already flourishing. The house where Trump's grandfather was born is currently for sale.
Johann Philipp Trump (1667–1707), married Juliana Maria Rodenroth
Johann Sebastian Trump (1699–1756), married Susanna Margaretha Kohl
Johann Paul Trump (1727–1792), married Maria Elisabetha Setzer
Charlotte Louisa Trump (1789–1833), married Johann Georg Heinz
John Henry Heinz (1811–1891), emigrated to the United States in 1840
^Bahlow: Deutsches Namenslexikon (1982). MHG trumpe, trumbe, trume could mean either "trumpet" or "drum". Lexer, Mittelhochdeutsches Handwörterbuch (1872–1878) records variants in d- (drumme, drume, drumpe) under the meaning "drum"
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