The Trahaurn 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.
Early Origins of the Trahaurn family
The surname Trahaurn 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
Early History of the Trahaurn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trahaurn research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1644, 1635, 1686, 1636 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Trahaurn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Trahaurn Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Trahaurn have included Traherne, Trahern, Treherne, Trehern, Traherne, Trahairn, Trahearne, Trahane, Trahan, Trehearn, Trahearn, Trehane and many more.
Early Notables of the Trahaurn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Trahaurn family to the New World and Oceana
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Trahaurn: Samuel Traherne who settled in Jamaica in 1664; Charles and Margueritte Trahan settled in Maryland in 1763; John Trehearne settled in Virginia in 1622.