Tregarthen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tregarthen family

The surname Tregarthen was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Tregavethen. The family name was first officially referenced in the year 1400 when Thomas Tregarthen held estates in Cornwall. However, the village of Tregarthevan was held by Hamelin who was under-tenant to Count of Mortain at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 and conjecturally, the family name may also be descended from Hamelin. [1]

"The barton of Tregarthen [in the parish of Gorran] was formerly the property of an ancient family of this name, but was carried by a co-heiress to the family of Tripcony." [2]

"Certainly this was an ancient, rich, and flourishing family in these parts. For it appears by their seats or pews in Gorran church, that they had the precedence or right hand of the seats pertaining to the great family of Bodrugan, as is yet to be seen. Thomas Tregarthyn, Esq. was sheriff of Cornwall in 1492." [2]

Early History of the Tregarthen family

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Tregarthen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tregarthen, Tregarthien, Tregarthian, Tregavethan and others.

Early Notables of the Tregarthen family (pre 1700)

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Australia Tregarthen migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tregarthen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Francis Tregarthen, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Francis Tregarthen, (b. 1807), aged 23 born in Penzance, Cornwall, UK convicted in Central Criminal Court on 28th October 1830, sentenced for 7 years for stealing apparel, transported aboard the ship "Argyle" on 1831 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [4]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf


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