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Re: help with pronunciation
Posted by: Beverly Hudock (ID *****0513) Date: September 22, 2006 at 16:40:17
In Reply to: Re: help with pronunciation by William C. Trawick Jr. of 187

If you want to email me direct I would be happy to see if I can find how your line is connected to this family. If you know your grandparents names and dates that will help as I do not have your father in my database. Below is the history of the name. Best Regards, Beverly
Traweek-Trawick-Trayweak-Traywick and various other spellings may be explained by the fact that many could not read, write and spell, therefore the spelling was by sound.
Traweeks in America are descendants of Robarde Traweek and Eleanor Hall of Cornwall County, England. According to records in the London Archives, the first Traweeks in England were Vikings from Norway who landed on the shores of Northumberland, England, near the present city of Newcastle-on-Tyne in the year 1000 A.D. The name in Norway would be spelled TREVIK (Tray-week) meaning, (THE VILLAGE AT THE MOUTH OF THREE RIVERS).
In England there are two places the Traweek family seems to be concentrated and these are NORTHUMBERLAND (Old Northumbria) and CORNWALL. There are over 30 different spellings of the name in England. The most common or original being TREWICK of Northumberland and TREWEEK of Cornwall. TREWICK is pronounced TRUE-ICK and TREWEEK is pronounced TRAY-WEEK.
Our TRA or TRAY is an Americanization of TRE, meaning three. The TRAWEEK, TRAYWICK, TRAWICK famlies all come from the families of Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia in America and in England. The oldest spelling in English Records is DE TREWYK in the 1200s A.D.
There is a Manor house in Northumberland, England, called TREWICK MANOR (manor being a landed estate). Adjacent to the manor house is the Township of TREWICK; which is basically a part of the manor estate. The old manor house is now in ruins, present manor house is about 300 years old, and is owned by Sir Stephen Middleton and has been in the family for about 200 years. An ancient well on the estate was built by the Traweek ancestors about 800 years ago.
The meaning of the name in Cornwall and Northumberland is (THE COTTAGE AT OR NEAR THE EDGE OF THE FOREST), WICK or WEEK meaning village, cottage, or dwelling place.
Many Traweeks have thought that maybe they were Welsh, German or Dutch. One reason for the belief is a result of the family's arrival in America in the late 1600s with Welsh and Scottish colonists. However, research shows that the name is definitely of English origin. The family was and is known in England, and in early America, as "Landed Gentry", or "Gentle Folk' or "people who owned much land."
According to Carolyn (Traweek) Hellen of Houston, Texas, and Monterey, Alabama; Dr. Stella Traweek of Austin, Texas, was the researcher of the History of the Name Traweek, and credit is accorded to her.

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