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Trencherd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Trencherd family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Trencherd is for a soldier. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old French word trenchire, meaning a swordsman, soldier, or man of war.

Early Origins of the Trencherd family

The surname Trencherd was first found in Dorset where they were granted the lands of Hordhill in the Isle of Wight by Baldwin de Ripariis to Paganus Trenchard and his heirs about 1100 A.D. The grandsons of Paganus, Robert, Alexander and Hugh Trenchard, witnessed the deed.

Early History of the Trencherd family

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Trencherd Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Trencherd family name include Trenchard, Trancherd, Trencher, Trenchar and others.

Early Notables of the Trencherd family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Paganus Trenchard of Hordhill; John Trenchard (1586-1662), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons, Member of Parliament for...
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Migration of the Trencherd family to the New World and Oceana

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Trencherd family to immigrate North America:

Trencherd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Symon Trencherd, who settled in Virginia in 1637

The Trencherd 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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