Tranner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tranner family

The surname Tranner was first found in Durham where the family name was first referenced in the year 1243 when Robert Treiner held in Durham. [1] Years later, Robertus Trainer was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 and Yorkshire is arguably the first stronghold of the family. [2]

There are two distinct theories as to the etymology of the surname: "from an occupation. 'the trainer,' probably of horses," [2] and from the Middle English "tryane, 'to lay or train or snare, to set a trap', a trapper." [1] Either way, the name was an occupational surname.

Early History of the Tranner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tranner research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455, 1487, 1510, 1600, 1153, 1172 and are included under the topic Early Tranner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tranner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Trainer, Trainor, Treiner, Traynor, Treanor and many more.

Early Notables of the Tranner family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Tranner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Tranner family to Ireland

Some of the Tranner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Tranner family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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