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Cornwall in southwestern England provides the original birthplace of the surname Trevan. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. 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 Trevan history began in Cornwall, at the manor of Trevanion.

Trevan Early Origins



The surname Trevan was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat at Trevanion. While the first records of the surname were from this area, we must look into Wales to understand the meaning of the word "trevanion, " for it is there that the word translates to "the meeting of streams."

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Trevan Spelling Variations


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Trevan 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 Trevanion, Treavanion and others.

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Trevan Early History


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Trevan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trevan research. Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1330, 1379, 1703, 1483, 1539, 1529, 1625, 1613, 1643, 1640, 1640, 1643, 1666, 1666, 1670 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Trevan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trevan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Trevan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was John Trevanion ( c. 1483-1539), of Dartmouth, Devon, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Dartmouth in 1529; Charles Trevanion, an English politician, Member of Parliament for Cornwall in 1625; and his son, John Trevanion (1613-1643), an English politician, Member of Parliament...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trevan Notables 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



A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Trevan:

Trevan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Trevan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Nicholas Trevan, who landed in New York, NY in 1817

Trevan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Trevan, aged 40, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Rajah"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Trevan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Trevan (post 1700)



  • J W Trevan, noted scientist who developed the median lethal dose in 1927

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Trevan Family Crest Products


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Trevan Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. 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).
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 8 January 2015 at 08:32.

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