Origins Available: English
The proud Tramel family originated in Cornwall
, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England
. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name
. The manner in which hereditary surnames
arose is interesting. Local
surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Tramel family originally lived in Devon
at the manors of Sand and Tremayle.
Early Origins of the Tramel family
The surname Tramel was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Sand in that shire, some say, at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
survey in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
at Hastings in 1066.
Early History of the Tramel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tramel research.Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1488 and 1580 are included under the topic Early Tramel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tramel Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Tremayle, Tremayll, Tremail, Tremale, Tremall and many more.
Early Notables of the Tramel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tramel family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Tramel: Anthony Tremall who landed in North America in 1695.