, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Trefary. 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 Trefary 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 Trefary is a local
type of surname and the Trefary family lived in Cornwall
at the manor of Treffry.
Early Origins of the Trefary family
The surname Trefary was first found in Cornwall
where "this name is derived from the manor of Treffry, in the parish of Lanhydrock, where it is traced to a very early period. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The first on record was Roger Treffry about the year 1200 and 11th in descent from him in the main line was John Treffry, living in 1620.
Early History of the Trefary family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trefary research.Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1658, 1838, 1594, 1658, 1621, 1490, 1564, 1529, 1554, 1545, 1545, 1577 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Trefary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Trefary 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 Treffry, Treffrey, Treffray, Trefrey, Trefry, Trefray, Trefary, Trevry, Trevrey and many more.
Early Notables of the Trefary family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir John Treffry (1594-1658), Member of Parliament for Fowey (1621-22); Thomas Treffry (c.1490-1564), English Member of Parliament for Bodmin (1529) and Cornwall
(1554); and Thomas Treffry ( fl.
1545), English... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trefary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Trefary family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Trefary were
Trefary Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Trefary who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765