The Trews name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived near some prominent tree or in one of the settlements in Devon
called Tree, Trew, True, or Trow. The surname is derived from the Old English words treow, trew,
which are in turn derived from the Old English word treow,
which means tree. However, the surname Trews is occasionally derived from residence at Trow Farm or Trow Down in Wiltshire
. The derivation in this case is from the Old English word trog,
which means trough.
Early Origins of the Trews family
The surname Trews was first found in Warwickshire
, where Rannulfus Truue was recorded in 1180.
Early History of the Trews family
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Trews Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Trews has undergone many spelling variations
, including True, Truue, Trew, Trewe, Truwe, Trow, Trowe and others.
Early Notables of the Trews family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Trews family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Trews were among those contributors: Anto True, age 18; who settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Anne True, who arrived in Virginia in 1654; James Trew, who arrived in Virginia in 1663; William True, who arrived in Maryland in 1665.
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