Early Origins of the Tredonham family
The surname Tredonham was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Tredenham in the parish of Probus. Cornwall
was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany
than to England
. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon
. They were settled at that place in 1189. Many lines were descended from Sir Joseph Tredenham of Tregonan. "There are strong reasons for believing them to have been an offshoot of the baronial family of Dinham of Cornwall
. The prefix 'Tre' in the Cornish tongue signifies, like the Saxon 'tun,' an enclosure, or fenced estate. It is therefore quite possible that a cadet of Dinham or Denham may have given the name of Tre-Denham, or 'Denham's estate' to his lands, and afterwards his descendants took their surname from those lands. A remarkable confirmation of this notion is, that both families bear in their coat armour fusils (which are far from common in heraldry.)" CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Tredonham family
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Tredonham Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Tredenham, Tredenhame, Tredonham, Treadenham, Treadanham, Treadnam and many more.
Early Notables of the Tredonham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tredonham family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe to the New World. Many fisherman from the coastal villages of Cornwall
migrated to the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Florida, and to the Leeward Islands..