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The Trefor family name comes from the name of either of the Welsh settlements called Trevor in Denbigh and Anglesey. As such, the surname Trefor belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Trefor Early Origins



The surname Trefor was first found in Herefordshire, where Tudor Trevor was Lord of Hereford, Wittington, and both Maelors, founder of the Tribe of the Marches. He was son of Ynyr Ap Cadforch, Lord of both Maelors in Powys, a Baron of Powys. Trevor Hall is a large grade mansion standing in 85 acres (35 hectares) of parkland at Trevor, near Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales. The estate has been in the family since medieval times and was at one time the home of Bishop John Trevor (died 1357.)

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Trefor Spelling Variations


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Trefor Spelling Variations



There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Trefor have included Trevor, Trefor and others.

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Trefor Early History


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Trefor Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trefor research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1357, 1346, 1357, 1410, 1563, 1630, 1596, 1673, 1620, 1626, 1672, 1637, 1717, 1658, 1730, 1695, 1618, 1670, 1693, 1669, 1706 and 1851 are included under the topic Early Trefor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trefor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Trefor Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was John Trevor (died 1357), Bishop of St Asaph in north Wales, (1346 to 1357); John Trevor (died 1410), or John Trevaur, Bishop of St. Asaph in Wales and later became nominal Bishop of St Andrews in Scotland; Sir John Trevor (1563-1630)...

Another 100 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trefor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trefor In Ireland


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Trefor In Ireland



Some of the Trefor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Trefor: Samuel Trevor, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1795; followed by Caleb in 1798; William Trevore settled in Massachusetts in 1620; Thomas Trevors settled in Maryland in 1766..

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Trefor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trefor 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 9 December 2015 at 12:54.

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