Recorded at various times in a wide range of spellings including Trew, Trewer, Trow, Trowe, Trower, and the eclectic spellings of Truor, Trahar, and Trohear, this is an English surname. It has two possible origins. The first being a nickname for a trustworthy person. This is from the Olde English pre 7th century 'treowe' meaning steadfast or trustworthy, whilst the second origin is topographical, and describes a person who lived near a 'trow'. This was a hollow or depression in the ground, and as found in the place name Trowbridge. The surname is very early being 12th Century, (see below), and examples of the recordings include: Roger Trowe, in the rolls known as 'Curia Regis', for Wiltshire in the year 1200, and William Trewe in the Subsidy Tax Rolls of Yorkshire in 1310. Other examples are those of Edmunde Trowe, who married Allyce Wyles on October 12th 1572, at Sunbury on Thames, Elizabeth Trower, who married Jeffrey Clarke at Uxbridge church, Middlesex, on April 28th 1574, and John Trow, christened at St. Stephan's church, Coleman St, city of London, on August 3rd 1600. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Ralph Truwe. This was dated 1185, in the register of the Knight Templars (Crusaders) of Kent", during the reign of King Henry 11 of England, 1154 - 1189. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Trow — Trow, v. i. & t. [OE. trowen, AS. tre[ o]wan to trust, believe, fr. tre[ o]w trust, tre[ o]we true, faithful. See {True}.] To believe; to trust; to think or suppose. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] So that ye trow in Christ, and you baptize. Chaucer.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trow — ist ein Familienname: Meirion James Trow (* 1949), britischer Autor, der unter dem Kürzel M. J. Trow veröffentlicht. Trow bezeichnet einen Lastkahn auf dem englischen Fluss Severn mit abklappbaren Mast zur Passage von Brücken. Siehe auch: Throw …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Trow — Trow, n. A boat with an open well amidships. It is used in spearing fish. Knight. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trow — index presuppose, surmise Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • trow — O.E. treowian to trust, believe, from treow faith, belief, from P.Gmc. *truwian (see TRUE (Cf. true)). Cognate with Ger. trauen …   Etymology dictionary

  • trow — [trō, trou] vi., vt. [ME trowen < OE treowian, to have trust in (akin to Ger trauen) < treow, faith, belief: see TRUE] Archaic to believe, think, suppose, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Trow — A trow was a type of cargo boat found in the past on the River Severn in England and used to transport goods. The mert could be taken down so that the trow could go under bridges, such as the bridge at Worcester and the many bridges up and… …   Wikipedia

  • trow — lit·trow; trow·el·man; trow·ie; trow·ing; trow; trow·el; trow·el·er; …   English syllables

  • trow — 1) a double boat, especially one used in salmon spearing at night with lights where nets cannot be used. It consisted of two single, narrow, flat bottomed boats, each about ten feet long, fourteen inches extreme breadth, and twelve inches deep,… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • trow — I. /troʊ/ (say troh), /traʊ/ (say trow) verb (i) Archaic to believe, think, or suppose. {Middle English trowen, Old English trūwian believe, trust} II. /troʊ/ (say troh) noun Chiefly Tasmania → trove1. {British dialect form of …   Australian English dictionary

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