Trewin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Trewin family

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."

Important Dates for the Trewin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trewin research. Another 186 words (13 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Trewin 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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Trewin migration to the United States

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, who arrived in St Christopher in 1633 [1]
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 immigrated to the United States from Redruth, England, in 1910
  • Alfred Gordon Trewin, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Camborne, England, in 1922
  • Millicent Annie Trewin, aged 40, who settled in America from Bream, Gloucester, England, in 1923
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Trewin migration to Australia

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

Trewin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Lawrence Trewin, (b. 1818), aged 23, Cornish farm servant travelling aboard the ship "Westminster" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 30th July 1841 [2]
  • Mrs. Anne Trewin, (b. 1820), aged 21, Cornish farm servant travelling aboard the ship "Westminster" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 30th July 1841 [2]
  • Caroline Trewin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [3]
  • Mr. John Trewin, (b. 1832), aged 19, English agricultural labourer from Ulverston, Cumbria, England, UK departing from Plymouth on 24th March 1851 aboard the ship "John Knox" arriving in Point Henry, Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 15th July 1851 [4]
  • Mr. Nathan Trewin, (b. 1833), aged 18, English agricultural labourer from Ulverston, Cumbria, England, UK departing from Plymouth on 24th March 1851 aboard the ship "John Knox" arriving in Point Henry, Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 15th July 1851 [4]
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Trewin migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Trewin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Trewin, (b. 1848), aged 36, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Doric" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 17th October 1884 [5]
  • Mr. James Trewin, (b. 1848), aged 36, Cornish bootmaker travelling aboard the ship "Doric" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 17th October 1884 [5]
  • Mr. William Trewin, (b. 1873), aged 11, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Doric" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 17th October 1884 [5]

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

  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 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Wellington 1872-1880 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nz_wellington.pdf    
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