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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Trevthick, Trethick, Trevittick, Trevedicke, Trevick, Trethake and many more.

First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Trevethick. The Cornish influence on English history was quite independent until the 9th century when finally they were subdued by the prevailing Saxons, but was again diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts of England was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Cornish surnames survived and the family name was first officially referenced in the year 1359 when Geoffrey Treathec held estates at Putnam in Cornwall. However, the village of Treaeake was held by Thurstan who was under-tenant to Count of Mortain at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 and conjecturally, the family name may also be descended from Thurstan.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tretter research. Another 49 words(4 lines of text) covering the years 1642 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Tretter History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tretter Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria Barbara Tretter, who arrived in New York, NY in 1854
  • Charles Tretter, who came to Pennsylvania in 1869
  • Michael Tretter, who came to Pennsylvania in 1870
  • Justine Tretter, who came to America in 1882


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The Tretter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tretter 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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