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The name Treece is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived near some prominent tree or in one of the settlements in Devon called Tree, Trew, True, or Trow. The surname is derived from the Old English words treow, trew, or trow, which are in turn derived from the Old English word treow, which means tree. However, the surname Treece is occasionally derived from residence at Trow Farm or Trow Down in Wiltshire. The derivation in this case is from the Old English word trog, which means trough.

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The surname Treece was first found in Warwickshire, where Rannulfus Truue was recorded in 1180.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Treece are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Treece include: True, Truue, Trew, Trewe, Truwe, Trow, Trowe and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Treece research. Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1200, 1273, 1301, 1327, 1595, 1624, 1774, and 1807 are included under the topic Early Treece History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Treece or a variant listed above:

Treece Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ella Treece, aged 29, who emigrated to America from N Y, in 1904
  • George H. Treece, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1915
  • Anna A. Treece, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1915
  • W.W. Treece, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1915
  • James W. Treece, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
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  • Chuck Treece (b. 1964), American session musician and professional skateboarder, recipient of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts Award in 2010
  • Henry Treece (1911-1966), British poet and writer of juvenile historical novels
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    Other References

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    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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