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Where did the Scottish Trayer family come from? What is the Scottish Trayer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Trayer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Trayer family history?

The Scottish Trayer surname is most likely a habitational name, taken on from a place name; perhaps from the Gaelic "Traill creek" which runs into Upper Loch Torridon.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Trail, Traill, Trayle, Treil, Trelly, Teign, Pentrail, Traylor and many more.

First found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they were Lords of the Manor of Yielden and other estates in that shire as shown in the Domesday Book taken in the year 1086. Geoffrey de Traillgi, a knight at the Battle of Hastings, was an under-tenant of the Bishop of Coutances. He was originally from Trelly in the arrondisement of Manche, Coutances in Normandy. Geoffrey also held Teign, in Devon. The family joined the many Norman nobles who moved north into Scotland.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trayer research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1366, 1385, 1395, 1523, 1583, 1808, 1401, 1378 and 1380 are included under the topic Early Trayer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trayer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Trayer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Trayle, who came to Virginia in 1673; William Traill, who settled in Maryland in 1684; a Captain Traill, who settled in Boston in 1763; George Traill, who arrived in Boston in 1746.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Discrimine salus
Motto Translation: Safety in danger.

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The Trayer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trayer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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