Hi, I'm not sure if this is germaine to your question but in my research over the years I traced the meaning of Trudell to the French Norman origin sometime possibly back between the years 900A.D. and 1050A.D. or earlier. "Tru" meaning "first", or "original" and "dell" meaning "valley" or "ravine" describing that those that lived nearby were the 1st settlers of the valley, area, territory or land. Hense our name Trudell.
I have a very detailed geneology of our family history going back to Michigan in the early pioneer days prior to the establishment of the State of Michigan, back to Canada and to France to the early 1600's. There are numerous photos, and copies of records, including birth records, death certificates and newspaper articles. Although I do not recognize some of the other Trudell names listed here I suspect that we all may have some interconnections along the way including Native American and Native Canadian ancestors.I am most interested in trying to establish if I have a connection with the Ojibway Native Americans of Michigan. If anyone has done any research as to our French-Indian ancestry I would would be very interested in sharing information.