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

The founding heritage of the Treves family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Treves comes from when one of the family worked as a person who collected a toll from travelers or merchants crossing a bridge. This common practice had the purpose of providing financial resources to maintain the upkeep of the bridge. The surname Treves is derived from the Old English words travers, travas, traves, and travis. These are all derived from the Old French nouns travers and traverse, which refer to the act of passing through a gate or crossing a river or bridge.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Treves has been spelled many different ways, including Travers, Traverse, Travis, Traviss and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, at Mount Travers, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Treves research. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1548, 1635, 1st , 1594 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Treves History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Treves Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Treves family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Trevess to arrive in North America: Walter Travis, who came to Virginia in 1637; John Traviss settled in Maryland in 1734; Joseph Travis, who settled in Maryland in 1738; Robert Travers, who settled in Placentia, Newfoundland, in 1744.

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  • Sir Frederick Treves (1853-1923), English surgeon


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec temere nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.

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

This page was last modified on 29 January 2013 at 14:54.

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