The notable Trewren family arose among the Cornish People
, a race with a rich Celtic heritage and an indomitable fighting spirit who inhabited the southwest of England
. While surnames were well-known during the English medieval period, Cornish People
originally used only a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames
came into common use is interesting. As the population of medieval Europe multiplied, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Under the Feudal
System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Patronymic
surnames were derived from given names and were the predominant type of surname among the Celtic peoples of Britain. However, the people of Cornwall
provide a surprising exception to this rule, and patronymic
surnames are less common among them than other people of Celtic stock, such as their Welsh
neighbors. This is due to the greater influence of English bureaucracy and naming practices in Cornwall
at the time that surnames first arose. This type of surname blended perfectly with the prevailing Feudal
System. One feature that is occasionally found in Cornish surnames of this type is the suffix -oe or -ow; this is derived from the Cornish plural suffix -ow. is a patronymic surname that came from the ancient Cornish given name Urion
meaning town born.
Early Origins of the Trewren family
The surname Trewren was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, at Trewarevra, and were descended from Driff in Cornwall
. The original name was Trewren and Uren is an abbreviation thereof.
Urien (Urien Rheged or Uriens) was a late 6th-century king of Rheged, an early British kingdom in northern England and southern Scotland. According to Arthurian legend, he became the "King Urien of Gorre" and his son Owain mab Urien was later known as Ywain. Known for his victories at the battle of Gwen Ystrad and Alt Clut Ford, the Brythonic poet Taliesin later celebrated his life in poems.
Early History of the Trewren family
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Trewren 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 Uren, Trewren and others.
Early Notables of the Trewren family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Trewren family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Trewren:
Trewren Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Bessie Trewren, aged 25, who landed in America from Carn Brea, England, in 1910
- William James Trewren, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Redruth, England, in 1911
- Willian Trewren, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1917
- William Trewren, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1918
- Elizabeth Jane Trewren, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Cambourne, England, in 1920
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Trewren Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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