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The Trice 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 Trice 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 Trice family originally lived in Cornwall. Their name, however, is derived from the Old French word triste, meaning meeting place, and indicates that they lived near a popular meeting place.

Trice Early Origins



The surname Trice was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat at Lords of the Manor of Parc Behan. The main stem of this distinguished Cornish family flourished until the 15th or 16th centuries. It is curious how the evolution of the family motto has been woven around the family surname 'Nec Triste, Nec trepidum', Neither sad nor fearful. This used to be a common practice in the 13th and 14th centuries, particularly in war cries, which frequently held only one word, the family name.

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Trice Spelling Variations


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Trice 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 Trist, Triste, Triss, Trisse and others.

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Trice Early History


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Trice Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trice research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1748 is included under the topic Early Trice History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trice Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Trice Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Trice 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



Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Trice or a variant listed above:

Trice Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Simon Trice, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Trice Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Trice, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • M Trice, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Trice, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Trice Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Trice landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Trice landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Trice, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • William Trice, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Margaret Trice, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841

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Contemporary Notables of the name Trice (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Trice (post 1700)



  • Amelia "Amy" Cutsack Trice (1936-2011), Native American leader from Idaho
  • Tyrone Trice, retired American boxer
  • Obie Trice (b. 1977), American rapper and songwriter
  • Bob Trice (1926-1988), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Johnny "Jack" Trice (1902-1923), the first African-American athlete from Iowa State College to play football, eponym of Jack Trice Stadium

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Suggested Readings for the name Trice


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Suggested Readings for the name Trice



  • The Trices of North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama by Olive Lynn Trice Jackson.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec triste nec trepidum
Motto Translation: Neither sad nor fearful.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Trice Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trice 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 3 August 2014 at 16:52.

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