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The Scottish Trail surname is most likely a habitational name, taken on from a place name; perhaps from the Gaelic "Traill creek" which runs into Upper Loch Torridon.

Trail Early Origins



The surname Trail was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they were Lords of the Manor of Yielden and other estates in that shire as shown in the Domesday Book taken in the year 1086. Geoffrey de Traillgi, a knight at the Battle of Hastings, was an under-tenant of the Bishop of Coutances. He was originally from Trelly in the arrondisement of Manche, Coutances in Normandy. Geoffrey also held Teign, in Devon. The family joined the many Norman nobles who moved north into Scotland.

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Trail Spelling Variations


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Trail Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Trail, Traill, Trayle, Treil, Trelly, Teign, Pentrail, Traylor and many more.

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Trail Early History


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Trail Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trail research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1366, 1385, 1395, 1523, 1583, 1808, 1401, 1378 and 1380 are included under the topic Early Trail History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trail Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Trail Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family at this time was Walter Trail (died 1401), late 14th century Bishop of St. Andrews, appears as an official in the Bishopric of Glasgow in 1378, as a Magister Artium...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trail Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trail In Ireland


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Trail In Ireland



Some of the Trail family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Trail Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Trail, who arrived in Maryland in 1682

Trail Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Trail, who landed in New England in 1750
  • Robert Trail, who landed in New England in 1756
  • Christian Trail, who came to Virginia in 1764
  • Heny Trail, who arrived in Boston in 1768
  • William and Janet Trail, who arrived in Savannah, Georgia in 1775

Trail Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R Trail, aged 38, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864

Trail Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Trail arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Trail (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Trail (post 1700)



  • Richard Trail, American airline executive

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Discrimine salus
Motto Translation: Safety in danger.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    2. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    5. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    9. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    11. ...

    The Trail Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trail 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 17 July 2016 at 12:37.

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