Tranter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Tranter is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the settlement of Trent in the county of Dorset, or on the banks of the Trent River. The surname Tranter 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 Tranter family

The surname Tranter was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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 Trent, Trente, Trend and others.

Early Notables of the Tranter family (pre 1700)

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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 settled in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Henry Tranter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
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 [2]

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 [3]
  • 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 [4]
  • John Tranter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840 [5]
  • Francis Tranter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840 [5]
  • Ellen Tranter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • 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
  • Fraser Tranter (b. 1965), British strongman competitor
  • Brendan Tranter (b. 1971), former Australian rules footballer
  • Clement John "C.J." Tranter CBE, D.Sc, (1909-1991), British mathematics professor, researcher and the author
  • Daniel Tranter, Australian competitive swimmer at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • John Ernest Tranter (1943-1990), Australian poet, publisher and editor, recipient of the Creative Arts Fellowship in 1990
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Henry Charles Tranter, British Sergeant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing in action 1942 [6]

The Tranter 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: Augeo
Motto Translation: I increase.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), Sarah Margaret Tranter, 19 Dec 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th July 2021). Retrieved from
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th April 2022).
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque DIADEM 1840. Retrieved from
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook