The Trehen surname comes from the ancient Welsh personal name
Trahern. Some instances of the surname are derived from the name of the settlement of Trehane in Cornwall.
Early Origins of the Trehen family
The surname Trehen was first found in Flintshire
(Welsh: Sir y Fflint), a historic county, created after the defeat of the Welsh
Kingdom of Gwynedd in 1284, and located in north-east Wales
, where they held a family seat
at Trehaverne (Tregavran) which was referenced in the Domesday Book
. This area is now known as Kenywn and is a civil parish in Cornwall
. Kenwyn is now regarded as a suburb of the city of Truro and gives its name to one of three rivers that flow through the city. However, the surname is believed to be descended from Traherne son of Caradoc, Prince of North Wales
in 1073. Today Trehan is a hamlet near Saltash in Cornwall
Early History of the Trehen family
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Trehen Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Trehen has seen various spelling variations: Traherne, Trahern, Treherne, Trehern, Traherne, Trahairn, Trahearne, Trahane, Trahan, Trehearn, Trahearn, Trehane and many more.
Early Notables of the Trehen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Trehen family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Trehen Samuel Traherne who settled in Jamaica in 1664; Charles and Margueritte Trahan settled in Maryland in 1763; John Trehearne settled in Virginia in 1622.