The Scottish Trelay surname is most likely a habitational name, taken on from a place name; perhaps from the Gaelic "Traill creek" which runs into Upper Loch Torridon.
Early Origins of the Trelay family
The surname Trelay was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where they were Lords of the Manor of Yielden and other estates in that shire as shown in the Domesday Book
taken in the year 1086. Geoffrey de Traillgi, a knight at the Battle of Hastings, was an under-tenant of the Bishop of Coutances. He was originally from Trelly in the arrondisement of Manche, Coutances in Normandy
. Geoffrey also held Teign, in Devon
. The family joined the many Norman nobles who moved north into Scotland.
Early History of the Trelay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trelay research.Another 356 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1366, 1385, 1395, 1523, 1583, 1808, 1401, 1378, 1380 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Trelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Trelay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Trail, Traill, Trayle, Treil, Trelly, Teign, Pentrail, Traylor and many more.
Early Notables of the Trelay family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Walter Trail (died 1401), late 14th century Bishop of St. Andrews, appears as an official in the Bishopric of Glasgow in 1378, as a Magister Artium... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trelay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Trelay family to Ireland
Some of the Trelay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Trelay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Trayle, who came to Virginia in 1673; William Traill, who settled in Maryland in 1684; a Captain Traill, who settled in Boston in 1763; George Traill, who arrived in Boston in 1746.
The Trelay 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: Discrimine salus
Motto Translation: Safety in danger.