The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall
, the homeland to the Trefry family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames
arose is interesting. Local
surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Trefry family originally lived in Cornwall
at the manor of Treffry.
Early Origins of the Trefry family
The surname Trefry 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 Trefry family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trefry 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 Trefry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Trefry 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 Trefry 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 Trefry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Trefry family to the New World and Oceana
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Trefry:
Trefry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Clarence Trefry, aged 59, originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Vestris" from Buenos Aires, Argentina CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WC-362 : 6 December 2014), Clarence Trefry, 20 Nov 1919; citing departure port Buenos Aires, arrival port New York, ship name Vestris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Amy Trefry, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Plattsburg" from Liverpool, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W1-QZZ : 6 December 2014), Amy Trefry, 29 Aug 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, England, arrival port New York, ship name Plattsburg, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Edward Trefry, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Daniel M. Munro" from Windsor, Nova Scotia,Canada CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HZ-S3P : 6 December 2014), Edward Trefry, 13 Dec 1920; citing departure port Windsor, Nova Scotia,Canada, arrival port New York, ship name Daniel M. Munro, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Trefry (post 1700)
- Richard Greenleaf Trefry (b. 1924), American retired lieutenant general in the United States Army
- Captain Rufus P. Trefry, British captain of the barque Templar who in February 1878, rescued the crew of the Celestial Empire