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Tregunno Coat of Arms / Tregunno Family Crest

Tregunno Coat of Arms / Tregunno Family Crest

This Cornish habitation name of TREGUNNO was probably from a place in the parish of St. Breock, so called from the Cornish 'tre' meaning homestead, settlement and the second element of unknown form and meaning (possibly gonow) 'down'. This name and its variants called Tregona or Treganna, which are likewise from 'tre' and the unknown second element. Another variant Tregunna is a place in the parish of Breage. Local names find their origins in the villages, towns and areas where people were born, or from the land they owned. In the Middle Ages, a man was identified by his place of birth and almost every city, town and village existing medieval times has originated one or more family names. Anyone leaving his birthplace would be known to new friends and neighbours by the name of his former residence, his birthplace, or the land he owned. The earliest record of the name appears to be TREFHRIGONI (without surname) and was recorded in the year 1049. TREGUNI (without surname) was documented in Cornwall in 1229. Cornish names are unfortunately poorly documented for the Middle Ages, but present day Cornish names, somewhat surprisingly, do not follow the patronymic pattern of other Celtic languages. This may be attributed to the great influence of English bureauracy and English naming practices in Cornwall than in other countries at the time when surnames came into use. The majority of Cornish names are habitation names, or derived from medieval given names. The name does not appear to have arms associated to it, so the arms shown here are of the town of Tregony in the County of Cornwall. They are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another.


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