The Trewan history begins in Cornwall
, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England
. Quite distinct from Devon
, the adjoining county, Cornwall
had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Trewan history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames
arose is interesting. Local
surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic
names, the Cornish predominantly used local
surnames. The Trewan family originally lived in Cornwall, at the manor of Trevanion.
Early Origins of the Trewan family
The surname Trewan 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 Trewan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trewan 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 Trewan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Trewan 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 Trewan 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... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trewan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Trewan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Trewan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Jane Trewan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Medway" in 1846 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MEDWAY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Medway.htm