The ancient and distinguished German surname Traughber is of several possible origins. Firstly, it may be derived from "Trauchgau" or "Trauchberg," both names of cities in South Germany
. Alternatively, the name may indicate "son of Trauchber or Trauber," both Germanic personal names thought to be derived from the elements "thrud," meaning "strength," and "beraht," meaning "brilliant, glowing." Finally, the name may be related to the Middle High German "druch," meaning "game trap."
Early Origins of the Traughber family
The surname Traughber was first found in cities along the Austrian
border, where the name is thought to have originated. The different possible origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the name emerged independently in various areas of southern Germany
during the Middle Ages. It was a common practice at the time to refer to a new resident of a city by the name of his hometown; thus, the progenitor of one of the branches of the Traughber family may have been a native of Trauchgau or Trauchberg who had moved to another city. The first recorded bearer of the name was M. Trauch, who was living in the region of Füssen in 1562.
Early History of the Traughber family
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Traughber Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Trauch, Trauchber, Trauchberg, Traucher, Traughber, Trauber, Tragber, Dragber and many more.
Early Notables of the Traughber family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Traughber family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Michael Trarbach, who emigrated from the Palatinate to York County, Pennsylvania in 1751; Chritian Trobach, who came to Massachusetts in 1860; Friedrich Trober, who sailed from Bremen to New York in 1868.
Contemporary Notables of the name Traughber (post 1700)
- David Traughber, American Vice President of International Finance at Mattel, Los Angeles
- Sam Traughber MD, American Physician and volunteer at Hope Medical Clinic, Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida
- Paul Traughber, American Vice President at Alandale Insurance Agency, Orange County, California
- Jeffrey B. Traughber, American lawyer, founding partner of Dillingham & Traughber, Elkton, Kentucky