Treece History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

The name could be from the Middle English word "trew(e)" or "trow(e) which means "faithful, loyal, trustworthy." [2] [3] [4]

Early Origins of the Treece family

The surname Treece was first found in Wiltshire, where Rannulfus Truue (Triue) was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of 1180. Ralph Truwe was a Knight's Templar in Kent in 1185 and Roger Trowe was listed in the Curia Regis Roll for Wiltshire in 1200. Over 100 years later, William Trewe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1301 and later, Henry le Trewe was listed in Wiltshire in 1327.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had only one entry for the family, that of Henry Trewe in Bedfordshire. [2]

Early History of the Treece family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Treece research. Another 120 words (9 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.

Treece Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Treece family (pre 1700)

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Treece Ranking

In the United States, the name Treece is the 5,564th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5]

United States Treece migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Treece (post 1700) +

  • 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

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
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