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Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Treajagow. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Treajagow family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Treajagow is a local type of surname and the Treajagow family lived at Trejo in the county of Cornwall.

Treajagow Early Origins



The surname Treajagow was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Crantock. The parish of Crantock bordered on the northern coast on the banks of the Bristol Channel. About the 12th and 13th centuries this ancient Clan Trejago was of great force in the west country, they having many knights listed in 1323 who held 40 librates of land. In 1306, Sir John de Trejago represented Cornwall in Parliament, he being one of two `knights of the Shire.' Sir John continued this representation until 1340. He is undoubtedly one and the same as the High Sheriff of Cornwall who was at this time a Trejago, John de Trejago, classified amongst all landholders as being a `first class landholder'.

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Treajagow Spelling Variations


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Treajagow 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 Trejago, Treiago, Trajago, Treajago, Trejaggo, Trejagoe and many more.

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Treajagow Early History


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Treajagow Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Treajagow research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 141 and 1417 are included under the topic Early Treajagow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Treajagow Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Treajagow Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Treajagow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Treajagow or a variant listed above: Joseph Trejagow who landed in North America in 1700.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Treajagow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Treajagow 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 22 January 2014 at 14:20.

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