The proud Trenworth family originated in Cornwall
, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England
. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name
. The manner in which hereditary surnames
arose is interesting. Local
surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Trenworth family originally lived in Cornwall
at the manor of Trenowth
Early Origins of the Trenworth family
The surname Trenworth was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Trenowth in Crantock. They are described as a very ancient and powerful family of Cornwall
and the first on record is a junior branch of the powerful Trenowths of Trenowth, John Trenowth of Cornewe and Tillond, whose daughters and co-heiresses married into the Sprys of Cornwall
. "The original name of this family was Baillie. Thomas Baillie, the first ancestor, was living temp.
Edward III. His son, Henry Baillie, obtaining from the Duchy of Cornwall
, a grant of the manor and barton of Trenwith, near St. Ives, began to write himself De Trenwith." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Trenworth family
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Trenworth 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 Trenowth, Trenowith, Trenoth, Trenoith and others.
Early Notables of the Trenworth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Trenworth family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Trenworth: William Trenoth who landed in North America in 1713.