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Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Tregonwell. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Tregonwell family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Tregonwell is a local type of surname and the Tregonwell family lived in Cornwall at the manors of Tregonwell and Bellarmine.

Tregonwell Early Origins



The surname Tregonwell was first found in Cornwall, at Tregonwell, in the parish of Cranstock. where they were Lords of the manor of Tregonwell and Bellarmine. Local records say "they builded many places" and possessed "many lands and manors before the Norman Conquest." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Tregonwell Spelling Variations


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Tregonwell 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 Tregonwell, Tregenwell and others.

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Tregonwell Early History


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Tregonwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tregonwell research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1529, 1604, 1615, 1627, 1622, 1752, 1632, 1682, 1659, 1660, 1679, 1622 and 1565 are included under the topic Early Tregonwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tregonwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tregonwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Doctor Tregonwell of Cornwall; John Tregonwell was one of the benefactors of Milton Abbey, Dorset in the 14th century; and John Tregonwell (1632-1682), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Corfe Castle...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tregonwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tregonwell In Ireland


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Tregonwell In Ireland



Some of the Tregonwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 156 words (11 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



Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Tregonwell were M. Tregonwel arrived in America in 1760.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tregonwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tregonwell (post 1700)



  • Lewis Dymoke Grosvenor Tregonwell (1758-1832), English Captain of the Dorset Rangers, for many years regarded as the founder of Bournemouth, now a large coastal resort town in Dorset

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nosce teipsum
Motto Translation: Know thyself.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Tregonwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tregonwell 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.

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