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The illustrious surname Trengove finds its origin in the rocky, sea swept coastal area of southwestern England known as Cornwall. Although surnames were fairly widespread in medieval England, people were originally known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted is extremely interesting. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Lords and their tenants often became known by the name of the feudal territory they owned or lived on. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. This was due to the heavy political and cultural influence of the English upon the Cornish People at the time that surnames first came into use. Local surnames were derived from where a person lived, held land, or was born. While many Cornish surnames of this sort 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 derived from lost or unrecorded place names. The name Trengove is a local type of surname and the Trengove family lived in the village of Nanfan, in Cornwall. Members of the family were involved in the blacksmith trade and prior to the 18th century often went by the occupational name Trengove, from the Cornish words tren meaning strong, and angove, meaning smith. Many used the name Trengoff of Nance.

Trengove Early Origins



The surname Trengove was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times. The family name Trengove first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Trengove Spelling Variations


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Trengove 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 Nance, Trengove, Trengoff, Trengrove and others.

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Trengove Early History


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Trengove Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trengove research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1720, 1521, 1561, 1553, 1547 and 1547 are included under the topic Early Trengove History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trengove Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Trengove Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trengove Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trengove In Ireland


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Trengove In Ireland



Some of the Trengove family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 69 words (5 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



An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Trengove:

Trengove Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hy. Trengove, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Cornwall, in 1892
  • Wm. Trengove, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Cornwall, in 1892

Trengove Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Henry Trengove, aged 21, who landed in America from Cornwall, in 1903
  • Lillie Trengove, aged 20, who landed in America from Camborne, England, in 1909
  • Mabel Trengove, aged 34, who emigrated to America from Truro, England, in 1920
  • Arthur Trengove, aged 21, who settled in America from Camborne, England, in 1923

Trengove Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Trengove arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847

Trengove Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth J. Trengove, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Trengove (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Trengove (post 1700)



  • Jessica Trengove (b. 1987), Australian bronze medalist competitor at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Jackson Trengove (b. 1990), Australian rules footballer for the Port Adelaide Football Club (2010-)
  • Jack Trengove (b. 1991), Australian rules footballer, former co-captain of the Melbourne Football Club
  • Kim Trengove, Australian actress, best known for her role in the television series Prisoner

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Trengove Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trengove 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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