The Trahearn 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 Trahearn family
The surname Trahearn 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 Trahearn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trahearn research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1644, 1635, 1686, 1636 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Trahearn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Trahearn Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Trahearn name over the years has been spelled Traherne, Trahern, Treherne, Trehern, Traherne, Trahairn, Trahearne, Trahane, Trahan, Trehearn, Trahearn, Trehane and many more.
Early Notables of the Trahearn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Trahearn family to the New World and Oceana
began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Trahearn: Samuel Traherne who settled in Jamaica in 1664; Charles and Margueritte Trahan settled in Maryland in 1763; John Trehearne settled in Virginia in 1622.