Show ContentsTranter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This surname is derived from an occupation as in 'the tranter,' i.e. a pedlar, a hawker. [1] A very rare name today, in years gone by it was more common as in "And had some traunting chapman for his sire." - Bishop Hall, Satires.

The root name "Trant" is infrequently seen, [2] having derived from the Medieval Latin word "travetarius' meaning "carrier, hawker. [3]

Early Origins of the Tranter family

The surname Tranter was first found in Winton, Hampshire where the Latin form was recorded in 1148 as Terri Trauetarius. Later in Essex, we found Phillip Trenter in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1221. Again in Essex, Hugo le Trauenter was recorded in 1292. This last entry clearly denotes the occupational origin of the name as "le" translates as "the". A few years later, Mark le Traveter was listed in Cornwall in 1306. Simon le Traunter was found in the Subsidy Rolls of Warwickshire in 1332. [3]

Simon le Traunter was listed in a rolls in Wales in 1332; and Thomas Tranter of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. [4]

Early History of the Tranter family

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Tranter Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tranter family name include Trante, Trant, Tranter and others.

Early Notables of the Tranter family

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Nicholas Trant (1769-1839), Brigadier-General in the Portuguese army who belonged to an Irish family. His grandfather, Dominick Trant of Dingle, co. Kerry, wrote a tract 'Considerations on the present Disturbance in Munster,' 1787 (3rd edit. 1790). He was educated at a military college in France, but in consequence of the French Revolution he entered the British army, and was commissioned as lieutenant in the 84th foot on 31 May 1794. He served with that regiment at Flushing, and went with it to the Cape of Good Hope in 1795. Returning to England...
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United States Tranter migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Tranter surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Tranter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Solamon Tranter, who arrived in Virginia in 1677
  • Thomas Tranter, who arrived in Virginia in 1690
Tranter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Tranter, a bonded passenger, who settled in America in 1774
Tranter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Tranter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [5]
  • Jane Tranter, aged 24, British settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "City of Baltimore" in 1859 [6]
  • George Tranter, aged 23, British settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1862 [6]
  • Jas R. Tranter, aged 35, British settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "City of Baltimore" in 1867 [6]
  • Susan Tranter, Irish settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Colorado" in 1870 [6]
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Tranter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sarah Margaret Tranter, aged 24, originally from Dawley, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [6]

Australia Tranter migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tranter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Tranter, (Robinson) who was convicted in Derby, England for life, transported aboard the "Dick" on 2nd October 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Benjamin Tranter, (Dollas), (b. 1814), aged 19, English labourer who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 14 years for theft, transported aboard the "Emperor Alexander"on 6th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1870 [8]
  • John Tranter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840 [9]
  • Francis Tranter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840 [9]
  • Ellen Tranter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840 [9]
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Tranter Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • Allan Tranter, aged 17, who arrived in Sydney, Australia aboard the ship "Orsova" in 1910 [10]
  • Eilene Tranter, who arrived in Fremantle, Australia aboard the ship "Fairsky" in 1959 [11]
  • Eilene Tranter, who arrived in Fremantle, Australia aboard the ship "Fairsky" in 1959 [11]
  • Charles Tranter, who arrived in Fremantle, Australia aboard the ship "Fairsky" in 1959 [11]
  • David Tranter, who arrived in Fremantle, Australia aboard the ship "Fairsky" in 1959 [11]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Tranter (post 1700) +

  • David L. Tranter (b. 1962), United States Antarctic Research Program glaciologist at Roosevelt Island, 1962-63, eponym of the Tranter Glacier, Antarctica
  • Richard Arthur Tranter (1893-1957), English professional footballer who played for Burnley in the Football League as an inside forward
  • Jane Tranter (b. 1963), English television executive who was the executive vice-president of programming and production at BBC Worldwide's Los Angeles base from 2009 until 2015
  • George Henry Tranter (1915-1998), English professional footballer who played as a centre half in the Football League for West Bromwich Albion
  • Wilfred Tranter (b. 1945), English retired footballer
  • James "Jim" Tranter, English professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s
  • Thomas G. "Tom" Tranter (1940-2005), English academic, footballer and football coach
  • Walter Rogers Tranter (1875-1945), English association football player from Middlesbrough
  • Penny Tranter (b. 1961), former BBC Weather forecaster
  • George Henry Tranter (1886-1958), professional footballer who is best known for his time with Aston Villa
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HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Henry Charles Tranter, British Sergeant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking, was listed as missing in action 1942 [12]


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  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Dick
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th April 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/emperor-alexander
  9. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque DIADEM 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Diadem.htm
  10. Public Record Office Victoria retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved fromhttps://prov.vic.gov.au
  11. National Archives of Australia retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ListingReports/PassengerListing.aspx
  12. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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