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Where did the English Tresham family come from? What is the English Tresham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tresham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tresham family history?

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Tresham family, who lived in Northampton, at Tresham. Today there is a civil parish named Hillesley and Tresham in neighboring Gloucestershire

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Tresham, Treysham, Trasham, Traisham, Treasham and many more.

First found in Northampton where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Rushton from ancient times, some say from the time of the Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally, the family are descended from one of the holders of the lands of Rushton at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 A.D. The holders of the land, which consisted of a village and 2 mills were Hugh, who held it from Robert de Tosny, William who held it from Robert de Bucy and Eustace from the Countess Judith. All three shared in this rich hundred of Northampton in 1086.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tresham research. Another 255 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1415, 1611, 1640, 1847, and 1872 are included under the topic Early Tresham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Tresham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tresham or a variant listed above:

Tresham Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Richard Tresham, who arrived in Jamaica in 1717-1718

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  • Francis Tresham, English Gunpowder Plot conspirator
  • Sir Thomas Tresham, Speaker of the House of Commons in 1459


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The Tresham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tresham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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