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Trafton Early Origins



The surname Trafton was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times at Trafford, before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Randolphus Trafford lived about the year 1030 and was Lord of the manor of Trafford. His son Randolphus (Randolphus filius Radulphi) died about the year 1080. However, two other references claims the progenitor of the family was Ralph de Trafford who died about 1050. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
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Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Trafford is today a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester but claims its origin from as an Anglo-French version of "Stratford," deriving from the Old English words stręt (a Roman road) and ford (a river crossing). Combined the place name meant "ford on a Roman road." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Later the parish of Wilmslow in Cheshire was an ancient family seat. "The church is a handsome and very ancient structure in the decorated and later English styles, with a square tower; it comprises a nave, chancel, and two aisles, of which the east end of one and the west end of the other are inclosed as sepulchral chapels, for the families of Dunham and Trafford." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The same church includes an inscription to Henry Treffort, rector, 1537. Sir Thomas Joseph de Trafford, Bart. was patron of the parish.

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Trafton Spelling Variations


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Trafton Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Trafford, Trafforde, Traford and others.

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Trafton Early History


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Trafton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trafton research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1495, 1773, 1288, 1284, 1334, 1309, 1426, 1444, 1514, 1495, 1526, 1590, 1620, 1603, 1617 and 1599 are included under the topic Early Trafton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trafton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Trafton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Henry de Trafford (died c. 1288) was knighted before 1284; and his son, Sir Henry de Trafford (died 1334) was knighted in 1309; Sir Henry Trafford, knighted at Whitsuntide in 1426; Sir John Trafford, knighted c. 1444; Sir Edmund...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trafton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Trafton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza W. Trafton, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Augusta Victoria" from Hamburg via Southampton and Cherbourg [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX7Q-L2C : 6 December 2014), Eliza W. Trafton, 11 Jul 1896; citing departure port Hamburg via Southampton and Cherbourg, arrival port New York, ship name Augusta Victoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Trafton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Darling L Trafton, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "La Savoie" from Le Havre, France [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J676-J2G : 6 December 2014), Darling L Trafton, 22 Nov 1919; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Savoie, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Frank, A. Trafton, aged 44, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Walter D. Noyes" from Rosario Via Barbados B.W.I. [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WG-KYW : 6 December 2014), Frank, A. Trafton, 19 Aug 1919; citing departure port Rosario Via Barbados B.W.I., arrival port New York, ship name Walter D. Noyes, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • J. Walter Trafton, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Fort Victoria" from Hamilton, Bermuda [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6C8-SJ8 : 6 December 2014), J. Walter Trafton, 24 Dec 1920; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Fort Victoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Trafton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Enoch Trafton U.E. who settled in Schoodic Falls, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Trafton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Trafton (post 1700)



  • Stephanie Brown Trafton (b. 1979), American track and field athlete who won the gold medal for discus throwing at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • George Edward Trafton (1896-1971), American football player, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964
  • Adeline Trafton (1842-1920), birth name of Adeline Trafton Knox, an American author, daughter of Mark Tafton
  • Mark Trafton (1801-1901), American minister and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1855-1857)

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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX7Q-L2C : 6 December 2014), Eliza W. Trafton, 11 Jul 1896; citing departure port Hamburg via Southampton and Cherbourg, arrival port New York, ship name Augusta Victoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J676-J2G : 6 December 2014), Darling L Trafton, 22 Nov 1919; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Savoie, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WG-KYW : 6 December 2014), Frank, A. Trafton, 19 Aug 1919; citing departure port Rosario Via Barbados B.W.I., arrival port New York, ship name Walter D. Noyes, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6C8-SJ8 : 6 December 2014), J. Walter Trafton, 24 Dec 1920; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Fort Victoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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