you go. I believed I had saved this really great website which had a
detail about the origins of the Truelove surname. Seems its lost somewhere
in all my bookmarks.
However it goes like this :
William the conqueror was fighting the saxons for control of that small
damp island. If only he had heard about OZ we know were he would have
In a battle some place this brave norman soldier gets between William
and an attacking saxon and saves his life. Well William was real chuffed
about this and asks the soldier's name. Our brave man says "Truelove".
William thinks this is a bit sissy so makes the big statement, "
hey there, from now on you're known as Ayers", which roughly translates
in norman to shining light or give me space etc etc.
We do have an update on this story. Nick Truelove from Sydney and Illabo
advises his Uncle Jim in his version of the story includes this information.
The Truelove was a saxon who was fighting with the Normans.
Hence the name change to a norman one. Put yourself in William's shoes,
it wouldn't look good in the media of the day that he had been saved
by a saxon. Has a better ring to it. I have had problems accepting some
french ancestry, now I can relax a little.
So the first big mention in historical data gives us a name change.
Might mean though they have it all wrong and that big red hill in the
middle should be called Truelove Rock.
This new information has induced me to find a reference to the story.
I did get the story wrong. Apologies to all those Eyerians out there.
Here is one link to the legend. The geneanet genealogy website
Here is another link I have found in September 2019.
The Eyres of Derbyshire
If you do find this website, and have a better story about where it
all stated, post your information of what you know of this story and we
will add another urban myth or the truth for you. Use the email link below
or go to www.trueloves.info and leave a message in the Webtrees page. Somewhere back there,
we probably all did come from the one original Truelove from England
or maybe even Normandy in 1066.