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The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Travers. It was a name given to someone who was a person who collected a toll from travelers or merchants crossing a bridge. This common practice had the purpose of providing financial resources to maintain the upkeep of the bridge. The surname Travers is derived from the Old English words travers, travas, traves, and travis. These are all derived from the Old French nouns travers and traverse, which refer to the act of passing through a gate or crossing a river or bridge. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Travers Early Origins



The surname Travers was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, at Mount Travers, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Other early records include Walter de Travers who was listed in Hodgson's History of Northumberland in 1219 and two listings in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Hugh Travers in Lincolnshire; and Nigel Travers in Buckinghamshire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Robertus Trauers. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

The township of Nateby was an early home to this distinguished family. "This township is said to have been in the tenure of the family of Travers, of Tulketh, so far back as the reign of Henry I.; Laurence Travers, who lived soon after that reign, was succeeded by eleven generations, and Nateby appears in possession of William Travers in the reign of Elizabeth." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Travers Spelling Variations


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Travers Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Travers have been found, including Travers, Traverse, Travis, Traviss and others.

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Travers Early History


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Travers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Travers research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1578, 1614, 1609, 1614, 1548, 1635, 1594, 1598, 1770, 1834 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Travers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Travers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Travers Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Travers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Travers In Ireland


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Travers In Ireland



Some of the Travers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Travers, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Travers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Travers, who came to Massachusetts in 1634
  • Henry Travers, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1644
  • Richard Travers, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1652
  • Daniel Travers, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1652
  • James Travers, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Travers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Smith Travers, who arrived in America in 1810
  • James Travers, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Patrick Travers, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Franz Karl Travers, who arrived in America in 1850
  • J W Travers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Travers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Robert Travers, who settled in Placentia, Newfoundland, in 1744 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Mr. Francis Travers U.E. (b. 1753) who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1795 was a Tailor, he died in 1821 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Travers U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Nicholas Travers, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1796 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • John Travers, who settled in St. Mary's, Newfoundland in 1797 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Travers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Augustus Travers, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • Henry Travers, a bricklayer, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Arthur Travers, aged Jane, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  • Anne Travers, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Catherine Travers, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Travers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Fredrick John Travers landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Bernard Travers, aged 35, a ploughman, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Travers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Travers (post 1700)



  • William Edward Travers (b. 1952), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Aloysius Joseph "Allan" Travers (1892-1968), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in 1912
  • Mary Allin Travers (1936-2009), American folk singer in the group "Peter, Paul and Mary"
  • Jerome Dunstan "Jerry" Travers (1887-1951), American golfer who won the US Open in 1915
  • Susan Travers (1909-2003), Englishwoman who was the only woman to serve officially with the French Foreign Legion
  • John Travers (1703-1758), English composer
  • Henry Travers (1874-1965), born Travers John Heagerty, an English actor, best known for his role as the angel Clarence Odbody in the 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life
  • James Edward "George" Travers (1888-1946), English professional footballer
  • Bill Travers (1922-1994), born William Lindon-Travers, an English actor, screenwriter, director and animal rights activist
  • Morris William Travers (1872-1961), English chemist, co-discoverer of Xenon
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Travers Historic Events


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Travers Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Jane Travers, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Newark, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Travers


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Suggested Readings for the name Travers



  • Southern Travis, Travers, Traverse, Families from Lancashire and Post-Elizabethean Ireland by Albert Eugene Casey.

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Motto


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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: Nec temere nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  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)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Travers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Travers Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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