Recorded in several forms including Trulove, Truelove, Trelove, Trewlove, Truslove, Treslove, Treaslove, and others, this is an English medieval surname. It was a nickname surname for a faithful lover or sweetheart, or perhaps given the robust humour of the Chaucerian period of the Middle Ages, the complete opposite, and the name for an absolute rotter!. It originates from the Olde English pre 7th century word 'treowe' meaning true, and and 'lufu', faithful love. It may also have been used to describe one 'betrothed' or bound by law, from the Scandinavian 'troe iof', or the Norse 'at trulofa', meaning to pledge ones faith, or again the reverse for one who had broken this trust. Hence the meaning of the paradoxical line in the old song 'so my true love was false to me'. Early examples of the recordings include William Truelove who married Mary Allen on 30th November 1583 at St. Margaret's Westminster, whilst somewhat later we have the dialectal in the recording of Sarah Treslove who was christened at the church of St Martins in the Field, also Westminster, on April 28th 1743. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger Trewelove. This was dated 1275, in the Hundred Rolls of Shropshire, during the reign of King Edward Ist. He was known as the Hammer of the Scots, 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Truelove — True love , n. 1. One really beloved. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A plant. See {Paris}. [1913 Webster] 3. An unexplained word occurring in Chaucer, meaning, perhaps, an aromatic sweetmeat for sweetening the breath. T. R. Lounsbury. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • truelove — [tro͞o′luv΄] n. 1. a person who loves or is loved truly; (one s) sweetheart 2. HERB PARIS …   English World dictionary

  • truelove — /ˈtrulʌv/ (say troohluv) noun 1. a sweetheart; one truly loving or loved. 2. the herb Paris, Paris quadrifolia, having a whorl of four leaves suggesting a truelove knot …   Australian English dictionary

  • truelove — noun a person loved by another person • Syn: ↑sweetheart, ↑sweetie, ↑steady • Hypernyms: ↑lover • Hyponyms: ↑ladylove, ↑dulcinea, ↑suga …   Useful english dictionary

  • truelove — noun Date: 14th century one truly beloved or loving ; sweetheart …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • truelove — /trooh luv /, n. a sweetheart; a truly loving or loved person. [1350 1400; ME trewe love. See TRUE, LOVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • truelove — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. sweetheart, lover. See love. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. sweetheart, beloved, love; see lover 1 . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A person who is much loved: beloved, darling, dear, honey, love, minion,… …   English dictionary for students

  • truelove — noun (C) poetic the person that you love …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • truelove — n 1. sweetheart, sweet, sweetie, love, beloved, love of one s life; darling, dear, dear one, dearest, honey, Inf. honeybun, Inf. sugar, Inf. sugar pie; heartthrob, heart s desire, one and only; lover, paramour, Fr. intime, Inf. boyfriend, girl… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • truelove — true•love [[t]ˈtruˌlʌv[/t]] n. a sweetheart • Etymology: 1350–1400 …   From formal English to slang

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