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

The Treharne surname comes from the ancient Welsh personal name Trahern. Some instances of the surname are derived from the name of the settlement of Trehane in Cornwall.


Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Treharne have included Traherne, Trahern, Treherne, Trehern, Traherne, Trahairn, Trahearne, Trahane, Trahan, Trehearn, Trahearn, Trehane and many more.

First found in Flintshire (Welsh: Sir y Fflint), a historic county, created after the defeat of the Welsh Kingdom of Gwynedd in 1284, and located in north-east Wales, where they held a family seat at Trehaverne (Tregavran) which was referenced in the Domesday Book. This area is now known as Kenywn and is a civil parish in Cornwall. Kenwyn is now regarded as a suburb of the city of Truro and gives its name to one of three rivers that flow through the city. However, the surname is believed to be descended from Traherne son of Caradoc, Prince of North Wales in 1073. Today Trehan is a hamlet near Saltash in Cornwall, England.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Treharne research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1644, 1635, 1686, 1636 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Treharne History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Treharne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Treharne:

Treharne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Treharne, aged 44, who landed in America from Swansea, Wales, in 1892
  • Wm. J. Treharne, aged 13, who settled in America from Swansea, Wales in 1892

Treharne Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Treharne, aged 19, who landed in America from Liverpool, England in 1904
  • Ernest Treharne, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Llauelly, Wales, in 1912
  • W. Bryceson Treharne, aged 39, who settled in America from Adelaide, Australia, in 1916
  • Maud Thackeray Treharne, aged 33, who landed in America from Adelaide, Australia, in 1918
  • Gwyn Francis Treharne, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1918


  • Llewellyn "Llew" Treharne, Welsh professional rugby league footballer
  • Edward Llewellyn Treharne (1862-1904), Welsh rugby union forward
  • Trevor Treharne, English sports journalist


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The Treharne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Treharne 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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