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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage English
Other Forms FormsTrow, Truwe, Trewe, Trew, Trowe

Meaning & History

This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has three distinct possible sources, each with its own history and derivation.

Firstly, True may belong to that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. The surname may have derived from the Olde English pre-7th Century "treowe" (Middle English "trow(e)", faithful, steadfast), denoting a loyal, steadfast person.
Early examples of the surname from this source include: Ralph Truwe (Kent, 1185), and Henry le Trewe (Wiltshire, 1327).

The second possibility is that True is a topographical name from residence by some prominent tree, deriving from the Olde English "treow" (Middle English "trew, trow"), tree, or from Trew (Cornwall), or True (Devon), localities named with this word. One Hugo de la Truwe, and a Laurence atte Trowe were noted in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset and Sussex in 1250 and 1332 respectively.

Finally, the name may be topographic for someone who lived near a depression in the ground, from the Middle English "trow", trough, hollow, or from Trow Farm (Wiltshire).

On April 10th 1551, Anne, daughter of William True, was christened at St. Martin Ludgate, London.

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ranulphus True, which was dated 1180, in the "Pipe Rolls of Wiltshire", during the reign of King Henry II.
Added 8/5/2017 by TanorFaux