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The proud Tregellis family originated in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. 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 Tregellis family originally lived in Cornwall at the manor of Tregalles, near Falmouth.

Tregellis Early Origins



The surname Tregellis was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Tregalles. One of the first on record as holding the family estates was a Nicholas de Tregelles in the year 1295. Although the 'de' prefix would seem to indicate a Norman/French or Breton origin it was not uncommon for Cornish People to adopt the prefix, particularly if they traveled in court circles. The language of the court was at the time Norman/French.

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Tregellis Spelling Variations


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Tregellis 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 Tregelles, Tregellas, Tregillas, Tregilles and others.

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Tregellis Early History


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Tregellis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tregellis research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tregellis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tregellis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tregellis Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Tregellis 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



A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Tregellis: Edward Tregilgas, who traveled to America as a bonded passenger in 1756; and Susan Tregellas and her family, who sailed to the west coast of North America in 1862..

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Citations



    Other References

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    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Tregellis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tregellis 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 28 May 2014 at 14:51.

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