The history of the Trawton family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Troughton, a small estate in the county of Lancashire
. It is now known as Troughton Hall. The surname is derived from the Old English elements trog,
which means trough or hollow, and tun,
which means enclosure or settlement. The surname as a whole means "settlement in the valley."
Early Origins of the Trawton family
The surname Trawton was first found in Buckinghamshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. The family were Lords of the Manor of Great Lindford from about the 14th century. In the 17th century the main stem of the family name branched north to Lancashire
where they acquired Leach Hall on the lands of Overton.
Early History of the Trawton family
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Trawton Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Trawton include Troughton, Trowton, Troton, Trawton, Troeton and many more.
Early Notables of the Trawton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Trawton family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Trawton or a variant listed above: Frederick Troughton who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844; Isabel Troughton landed in America in 1698; Nicholas Troton settled in Virginia in 1638..