This surname TUCKWELL and its variants TUGWELL, TREADWELL and TREDWELL are of English origin. The name was of two-fold origin. It was locational meaning the dweller at the path or road, by a spring or stream. Habitation names are derived from names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named places, which include rivers, houses with signs on them, regions, or whole counties. The original bearer of the name who stayed in his area might be known by the name of his farm, or the locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of that county or the region from which he originated. Early records of the name mention Thomas TREDLEWEL who was recorded in 1248 in County Suffolk, and Symon TREDEVELL appears in 1275 in Worcestershire. John TREDWELL was recorded in 1327 in Cornwall. The name was also an occupational name for a fuller, one who would scour and thicken cloth by beating and trampling it in water. The surname is found mainly in the West Midlands. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. A later instance of the name mentions Edward TREDWELL of Yorkshire, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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