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

The ancient and distinguished surname Trevarthen comes from the southwestern county of Cornwall. The name is made up of two elements: the Cornish "tre," meaning "homestead, settlement," and the Welsh personal name "Arthen." This name was borne by places in the parishes of St. Hilary and Newlyn East; thus, it is likely that the original bearer of the surname came from one of these places.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Trevarthen, Trevarthian, Trevarthan and others.

First found in Cornwall, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Trevarthian. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trevarthen research. Another 162 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 4031 is included under the topic Early Trevarthen History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Trevarthen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Trevarthen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Trevarthen, aged 40, who arrived in America from South Africa, in 1897

Trevarthen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Kendle Trevarthen, aged 29, who arrived in America from Libery, England, in 1907
  • William Arthur Trevarthen, aged 24, who arrived in America from Camborne, England, in 1907
  • Thomazine Trevarthen, aged 18, who arrived in America from Cornwall, England, in 1908
  • Henry Trevarthen, aged 19, who arrived in America from Camborne, England, in 1913
  • Richard C. Trevarthen, aged 23, who arrived in America from Hayle, England, in 1920

Trevarthen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J Trevarthen landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840


  • Trethanna Trevarthen, American costume maker, known for her work on Les Misérables (2012), Hugo (2011) and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
  • William "Bill" MacVay Trevarthen, New Zealand rugby footballer who played for the New Zealand National Team (1907-1909)
  • Colwyn Trevarthen, British Emeritus Professor of Child Psychology and Psychobiology at the University of Edinburgh
  • Noel Trevarthen (1938-2006), New Zealand Logie Award winning actor, best known for his roles in The Rovers (1969), Riviera Police (1965) and Dusty (1983)


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