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

Trewin Early Origins



The surname Trewin 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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Trewin Spelling Variations


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Trewin 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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Trewin Early History


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Trewin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trewin 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 Trewin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trewin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Trewin 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 Trewin 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 look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Trewin:

Trewin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Trewin, aged 26, arrived in St Christopher in 1633

Trewin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benj. T. Trewin, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1894

Trewin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eveline Trewin, aged 32, who settled in America from Cornwall, in 1906
  • Jane Trewin, aged 52, who landed in America from Redruth, England, in 1908
  • John Henry Trewin, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States from Redruth, England, in 1910
  • Alfred Gordon Trewin, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Camborne, England, in 1922
  • Millicent Annie Trewin, aged 40, who settled in America from Bream, Gloucester, England, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Trewin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Trewin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Trewin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Trewin (post 1700)



  • Robert Trewin (b. 1962), English former professional footballer
  • Ion Trewin, British literary director of the Man Booker Prize
  • Dennis J. Trewin, Australian head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2000-2007)
  • John Courtenay "J.C" Trewin OBE (1908-1990), British journalist, writer, and drama critic

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    11. ...

    The Trewin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trewin 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 6 December 2016 at 17:12.

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