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Trevanion History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The proud Trevanion 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 Trevanion family originally lived in Cornwall, at the manor of Trevanion.

Early Origins of the Trevanion family


The surname Trevanion 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."

Early History of the Trevanion family


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Trevanion 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.

Early Notables of the Trevanion family (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...
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Migration of the Trevanion family to the New World and Oceana


A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Trevanion: Thomas Trevannion settled in Virginia in 1645.

Contemporary Notables of the name Trevanion (post 1700)


  • Hugo W Trevanion, American politician, mayor of Duluth, MN from 1900 to 1903
  • Sir Nicholas Trevanion, 18th century governor of Newfoundland

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