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The Trahan 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.

Trahan Early Origins



The surname Trahan was 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.

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Trahan Spelling Variations


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Trahan Spelling Variations



Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Trahan has occasionally been spelled Traherne, Trahern, Treherne, Trehern, Traherne, Trahairn, Trahearne, Trahane, Trahan, Trehearn, Trahearn, Trehane and many more.

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Trahan Early History


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Trahan Early History



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

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Trahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Trahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trahan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Trahan:

Trahan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Bruno Trahan, who came to Philadelphia in 1755
  • John Trahan, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755-1768
  • Peter Trahan, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755-1768
  • Pierre Trahan, who came to Massachusetts in 1756
  • Charles and Margueritte Trahan settled in Maryland in 1763
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Trahan Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Guillaume Trahan, his wife and daughterm, who were on record in Acadia in 1636
  • Guillaume Trahan, who arrived in Acadia in 1636
  • Guillaume Trahan, from Bourgueil, France, in the Loire Valley, who arrived in Acadia in the late 17th century

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Contemporary Notables of the name Trahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Trahan (post 1700)



  • Stryker Louis Trahan (b. 1994), American Major League Baseball player
  • Patrick Trahan (b. 1986), American football linebacker
  • Donald Roland "D.J." Trahan Jr. (b. 1980), American professional golfer
  • Donald Roland Trahan (b. 1949), American PGA Master Professional golf instructor, nicknamed "The Swing Surgeon", father of D. J. Trahan
  • Donald Mark "Don" Trahan (b. 1950), American politician, Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (2004-2008)
  • Clifford Joseph Trahan (b. 1938), birth name of Johnny Rebel, a Cajun country musician
  • Arthur Trahan (1877-1950), Canadian lawyer, judge and politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Nicolet (1917-1923)

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Suggested Readings for the name Trahan


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Suggested Readings for the name Trahan



  • The St. Jean and Trahan Families by William St. John.

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Trahan Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. 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.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 8 March 2016 at 22:39.

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