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The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall, the homeland to the Tregarrach 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 Tregarrach family originally lived in the county of Cornwall a the manor of Tregarrick.

Tregarrach Early Origins



The surname Tregarrach was first found in Cornwall where they were anciently Lords of the Manor of Tregarrick in the parish of Roche in that shire, some say, at the taking of the Domesday Book survey, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Tregarrach Spelling Variations


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Tregarrach 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 Tregarrik, Tregarrick, Tregarrock, Tregarick and many more.

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Tregarrach Early History


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Tregarrach Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tregarrach research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1334 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Tregarrach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tregarrach Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tregarrach Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Tregarrach Notables 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



Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Tregarrach or a variant listed above: William Tregarock who landed in North America in 1705.

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Citations



    Other References

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    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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    The Tregarrach Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tregarrach 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 July 2014 at 14:43.

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