Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the Trant surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in the settlement of Trent in the county of Dorset
, or on the banks of the Trent River. The surname Trant belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, farmsteads, or other locations.
Early Origins of the Trant family
The surname Trant was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Trant family
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Trant Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Trant include Trent, Trente, Trend and others.
Early Notables of the Trant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Trant family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Trant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Larrance Trant, who settled in Barbados in 1679
Trant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jerry Trant, who settled in New York in 1851
- Daniel Trant and Mary Trant, who settled in Boston in 1871
Trant Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Trant, who arrived in Canada in 1827
Trant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Myra Trant, aged 23, a dressmaker, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
Contemporary Notables of the name Trant (post 1700)
- General Sir Richard "Dick" Brooking Trant KCB, DL (1928-2007), English officer in the British Army, Land Deputy Commander in the Falklands War, Quartermaster-General to the Forces from 1983 to 1986
- Captain Nicholas Trant (1769-1839), British officer, known for his recapture of Coimbra from the French in October 1810
The Trant 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 Translation: I increase.