True History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the True family

The surname True was first found in Warwickshire, where Rannulfus Truue was recorded in 1180.

Important Dates for the True family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our True research. Another 120 words (9 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 and printed products wherever possible.

True Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the True family (pre 1700)

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True migration to the United States

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, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
  • Henry True, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1644 [1]
  • Walter True, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • Anne True, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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 [1]
  • C S True, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Frederick True, who arrived in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1886 [1]
  • Frederick and Henry True, who settled in Iroquois County, Illinois, in 1886 and 1888 respectively

Contemporary Notables of the name True (post 1700)

  • Andrea True (1943-2011), born Andrea Marie Truden, American actress and singer from the disco era, best known for the 1976 disco tune, "More, More, More"
  • Steve True (b. 1954), nicknamed Steve "The Homer" True, an American sportscaster for the ESPN radio station WAUK 540 AM in Milwaukee
  • Marion True (b. 1948), American former curator of antiquities for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California
  • Laurel True (b. 1968), American artist, architectural artist, muralist and mosaic artist
  • Katie True, American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (2003-2010)
  • David True (b. 1942), American painter from Marietta, Ohio
  • Arthur Leander True (1874-1952), American politician, Member of the Washington House of Representatives (1919-1927)
  • Clarence Fagan True (1860-1928), AIA was an American architect in New York City
  • Rear Admiral Arnold Ellsworth True (1901-1979), U.S. Navy officer from Owenton, Kentucky, Commanding officer of the Sims-class destroyer USS Hammann during the Battle of Midway
  • Allen Tupper True (1881-1955), American illustrator, easel painter and muralist from Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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)
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