Truelove History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This "surname is derived from a nickname, as in 'betrothed' or 'bound,' from the Scandinavian 'trot lof,' bound in law, a bondsman." [1] [2]

Another source notes the name was derived from the Old English treowe and lufu 'faithful love' in the sense 'faithful lover, sweetheart, beloved'. [3]

Interestingly, "in the 14th century, this was the name of an aromatic herb (a 'breath-sweetener') - 'Under his tonge a trewe-love he beer [bare]' Chaucer, Canterbury Tales.

Early Origins of the Truelove family

The surname Truelove was first found in Shropshire where Roger Trewelove held estates in 1275. A few years later, Robert Treuweloue was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296 and later again, John Truloue was listed in the Assize Rolls for Warwickshire in 1384. [3]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 137 include Willelinus Trewluf and Ricardus Trewluff as holding estates there at that time. [1] In Somerset, John Truvelove was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [4]

Early History of the Truelove family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Truelove research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1296, 1285, 1597 and 1802 are included under the topic Early Truelove History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Truelove Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Truelove, Trewlove, Trolove, Trueluve, Trewluve and many more.

Early Notables of the Truelove family (pre 1700)

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Truelove Ranking

In the United States, the name Truelove is the 9,886th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]


United States Truelove migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Truelove Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Truelove, who was one of the 10,000 who settled in Virginia between 1663-1679 to work on the plantations
  • George Truelove, a servant to the foreign plantations, who sailed from the port of Bristol and arrived in Virginia between 1663 and 1679
  • Eliz Truelove, who is on record in Virginia in 1671
  • Eliz Truelove, who was listed in a land patent in Virginia in 1671
  • John Truelove, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1698
Truelove Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Truelove, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1764
  • Robert Truelove, who was an emigrant in bondage, who arrived in America in 1764
Truelove Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. John Truelove, aged 30, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • John Truelove, aged 34, who settled in America from London, in 1895
Truelove Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Herbert Truelove, aged 7, who immigrated to the United States from Sheffield, in 1903
  • Doris Truelove, who immigrated to America from Sheffield, in 1903
  • Frank Truelove, aged 41, who landed in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Alice Eecanor Truelove, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Leyton, England, in 1908
  • Beatrice Truelove, aged 29, who landed in America from Sheffield, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Truelove migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Truelove Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Truelove, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anglia" in 1851 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Truelove (post 1700) +

  • Capt. Denver Vernon Truelove (1919-1943), United States Army Air Forces bombardier during World War II, one of the eighty Doolittle Raiders who bombed Japan in April 1942, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart
  • Jack Christopher Truelove (b. 1995), English footballer
  • George Truelove (b. 1975), English professional rugby union and rugby league footballer
  • John Reginald Truelove (b. 1886), English architect
  • Ayala Truelove (1488-1497), née Liran, an Israeli international football striker
  • Rear Admiral William Shaun Truelove CMM CD, Canadian Royal Canadian Navy officer, Commander, Maritime Forces Pacific (2012-2015)
  • Amanda Truelove (b. 1961), British cellist
  • Air Commodore Owen Truelove (1937-2006), British RAF officer, the first man to fly from the UK to New Zealand with a motor glider; he and his son James (37) were killed when their glider crashed on the slopes of Mount Prospect, South Island, New Zealand, 16 November 2006
  • Edward Truelove (1809-1899), British publisher
  • John Truelove (b. 1968), British record producer


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Anglia.gif


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