Trevethan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished surname Trevethan lie in the southwestern county of Cornwall, a land steeped in legend and mystique. The name is derived from "Trevethan," the name of places in the parishes of St. Eval, Budock, and Gwennap, and is made up of two elements: the characteristic Cornish "tre," meaning "homestead, settlement," and "buthyn," meaning "meadow." It is likely that the progenitor of this name was a native of Trevethan.

Early Origins of the Trevethan family

The surname Trevethan was first found in Cornwall. The origins of the name make it likely that the name emerged independently in the parishes of Budock, St. Eval, and Gwennap during the Middle Ages. The Trevethan family held a family seat at Cornwall for many centuries, owing its prominence to its many distinguished members.

Early History of the Trevethan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trevethan research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1679 is included under the topic Early Trevethan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Trevethan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Trevethan, Trevethen, Trefethen, Trefethan, Trevathan and many more.

Early Notables of the Trevethan family (pre 1700)

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United States Trevethan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Trevethan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sampson Trevethan, who arrived in Virginia in 1699 [1]
Trevethan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Trevethan, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Sampson Trevethan, who settled in Virginia in 1724

Australia Trevethan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Trevethan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Trevethan, (b. 1835), aged 19, Cornish farm labourer, from Kingsand, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lady Ann" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 29th September 1854 [2]
  • Mr. Adolphus Trevethan, (b. 1839), aged 16, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 19th November 1855 [2]
  • Mr. Alfred Trevethan, (b. 1841), aged 14, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 19th November 1855 [2]
  • Thomas Trevethan, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
  • Miss Elizabeth J. Trevethan, (b. 1871), aged 15, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "New Guinea" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 3rd March 1886 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Trevethan (post 1700) +

  • Squadron Leader Richard Michael Trevethan MC (1895-1971), born in Park City, Utah, a British First World War flying ace, credited with twelve aerial victories; he died in Truro, Cornwall
  • Thomas Trevethan (1844-1892), Cornish-born, Australian immigrant who arrive in Queensland in 1855, 16th Mayor of Toowoomba, founder of Toowoomba Coach Works in 1863, father of Thomas and Walter Trevethan
  • Thomas and Walter Trevethan, Australian entrepreneurs who built the first automobile In Queensland at Toowoomba Coach Works (1901-1902)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf


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