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The name Travis is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person 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 Travis 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.


Travis Early Origins



The surname Travis 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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Travis Spelling Variations


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Travis 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 Travis family name include Travers, Traverse, Travis, Traviss and others.

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Travis Early History


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Travis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Travis 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 Travis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Travis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Travis Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Travis In Ireland


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Travis In Ireland



Some of the Travis 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Travis or a variant listed above:

Travis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Walter Travis, who came to Virginia in 1637
  • Edward Travis, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Walter Travis, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Thomas Travis, who landed in Virginia in 1666
  • Daniel Travis, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1680
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Travis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Travis, who settled in Maryland in 1738

Travis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Travis, aged 25, arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1847
  • Albert Travis, who came to San Francisco, California in 1850
  • John Holland Travis, who settled in New Castle Co. Del. in 1856
  • Michael Travis, aged 40, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1867
  • Moses Travis, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Travis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charlotte Travis, aged 17, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"
  • Elizabeth Travis, aged 23, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Travis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Travis (post 1700)



  • John Dean Travis (1940-2016), American politician, Louisiana State Representative (1984-2000)
  • Ryan Travis (b. 1989), American football fullback
  • Nancy Ann Travis (b. 1961), American actress, best known for her roles in films Three Men and a Baby (1987) and Three Men and a Little Lady (1990)
  • Charles Edward Travis (1829-1860), American politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives, 1853-54
  • Alice Travis, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
  • Earl Winfield Travis (1879-1948), American Republican politician, Mayor of Endicott, New York, 1933-37
  • Ed Travis, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Tennessee, 1956
  • Eugene B. Travis, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 16th District, 1896
  • Eugene Mabbett Travis (1863-1940), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 6th District, 1907-12; Defeated, 1912; New York State Comptroller, 1915-20
  • Everett H. Travis, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County 2nd District, 1909; Defeated, 1909
  • ... (Another 37 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Travis Historic Events


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Travis Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Theodore Travis (b. 1953), American Sergeant from Niagara Falls, New York, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. William  Travis (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Maude  Travis (1870-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Frederick Thomas  Travis (1896-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Master Albert E  Travis (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Irene  Travis (1906-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Suggested Readings for the name Travis


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Suggested Readings for the name Travis



  • Southern Travis, Travers, Traverse, Families from Lancashire and Post-Elizabethean Ireland by Albert Eugene Casey.
  • The Travis Family Today and Yesterday by Berdyne D. Travis.
  • A Travis Tree on Me and Mine by Harold Gilbert Travis.

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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


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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.

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Travis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Travis 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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