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An excerpt from archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, German

The ancestry of the name True dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family 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, or trow, which are in turn derived from the Old English word treow, which means tree. However, the surname True 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.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name True have been found, including True, Truue, Trew, Trewe, Truwe, Trow, Trowe and others.

First found in Warwickshire, where Rannulfus Truue was recorded in 1180.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our True research. Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1200, 1273, 1301, 1327, 1595, 1624, 1774, and 1807 are included under the topic Early True History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early True Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name True, or a variant listed above:

True Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anto True, age 18, who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Anto True, aged 18, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • Henry True, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1644
  • Walter True, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Anne True, who landed in Virginia in 1654

True Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C. S. True, who settled in California in 1851
  • Lyman True, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • C S True, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Frederick True, who arrived in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1886
  • Frederick and Henry True, who settled in Iroquois County, Illinois, in 1886 and 1888 respectively


  • Rachel India True (b. 1966), American film and television actress
  • Andrea True (1943-2011), born Andrea Marie Truden, American actress and and singer from the disco era, best known for the 1976 disco tune, "More, More, More"
  • Delbert Leroy "D. L." True (1923-2001), American archaeologist who worked in California
  • Frederick William True (1858-1914), American biologist, the first head curator of biology at the United States National Museum
  • Everett True (b. 1961), born Jerry Thackray, a British music journalist
  • H A True Jr., American drilling contractor, oil producer and rancher, Wyoming


  • Genealogy of the True & Bevers by Odessa Morrow Isbell.
  • The True Family: Some Henry True Descendants on the Frontier by Charles Wesley True.

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The True Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The True 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 18 February 2016 at 16:49.

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