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Where did the English Tresham family come from? What is the English Tresham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tresham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tresham family history?

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Tresham family, who lived in Northampton, at Tresham. Today there is a civil parish named Hillesley and Tresham in neighboring Gloucestershire

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Tresham, Treysham, Trasham, Traisham, Treasham and many more.

First found in Northampton where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Rushton from ancient times, some say from the time of the Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally, the family are descended from one of the holders of the lands of Rushton at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 A.D. The holders of the land, which consisted of a village and 2 mills were Hugh, who held it from Robert de Tosny, William who held it from Robert de Bucy and Eustace from the Countess Judith. All three shared in this rich hundred of Northampton in 1086. The parish of Rushton in Northamptonshire is of particular significance to this ancient family. "The Hall here is a fine old building erected by the Treshams, a family of consideration in the time of Elizabeth: at one extremity of the park is a curious triangular lodge, which is almost unique." [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tresham research. Another 277 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1415, 1611, 1640, 1847, 1872, 1543, 1605, 1567, 1605, 1605 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Tresham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 137 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tresham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tresham or a variant listed above:

Tresham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Richard Tresham, who arrived in Jamaica in 1717-1718

Tresham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • E. H. Tresham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864

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  • Henry Tresham RA (1751-1814), Irish-born historical painter active in London, England
  • Francis Tresham, British board game designer, active in the 1970s, he founded Hartland Trefoil in 1971, known for his Civilization board game, one of the first inductees in the UK Games Expo Hall of Fame


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Tresham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tresham 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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