Show ContentsTraylor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Scottish Traylor surname is most likely a habitational name, taken on from a place name; perhaps from the Gaelic "Traill Creek" which runs into Upper Loch Torridon.

Alternatively, the name could have originated in Normandy, France. In this case they claim descent from " the castle of Trely, in La Manche. "Two barons of this name appear in England, sub-tenants of the great Honour of Verdun."—Sir Francis Palgrave. The Trelys or Traillys are said to have been a branch of the noble family of St. Denis-le-Gast, of whose barony their Norman fief formed part. Lysons mentions them among "the earliest extinct families" that held property in Bedfordshire." [1]

Early Origins of the Traylor family

The surname Traylor was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they were Lords of the Manor of Yielden and other estates in that shire as shown in the Domesday Book taken in the year 1086. [2]

Geoffrey de Traillgi, a knight at the Battle of Hastings, was an under-tenant of the Bishop of Coutances. He was originally from Trelly in the arrondisement of Manche, Coutances in Normandy. Geoffrey also held Teign, in Devon. [3]

The family joined the many Norman nobles who moved north into Scotland.

Some of the first records of the family in Scotland include: Thomas Trayle, Canon of Aberdeen in 1366; and Walter Trail (Trayl, or Treyl, or Treyle), of the family of Traill of Blebo in Fife, Bishop of St. Andrews in 1385. [4]

Early History of the Traylor family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Traylor research. Another 409 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1395, 1523, 1583, 1808, 1350, 1155, 1218, 1219, 1290, 1316, 1409, 1401, 1378, 1380, 1642, 1716, 1642, 1603, 1678 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Traylor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Traylor Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Trail, Traill, Trayle, Treil, Trelly, Teign, Pentrail, Traylor and many more.

Early Notables of the Traylor family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Walter Trail (died 1401), late 14th century Bishop of St. Andrews, appears as an official in the Bishopric of Glasgow in 1378, as a Magister Artium and a Licentiate in Canon and civil law, In 1380, he is a doctor in Canon and Civil Law...
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Traylor Ranking

In the United States, the name Traylor is the 2,022nd most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Traylor family to Ireland

Some of the Traylor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Traylor migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Traylor Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary E. Traylor, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Michael Traylor, aged 10, who immigrated to America, in 1905
  • Mrs. Neal Traylor, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Mrs. Robert Lee Traylor, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Neal Traylor, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1905
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Traylor (post 1700) +

  • Melvin Alvah Traylor Jr., (1915-2008), American ornithologist
  • Melvin Alvah Traylor (1878-1934), American lawyer and banker
  • Keith Traylor (b. 1969), American NFL football nose tackle who played from 1991 to 2007
  • John H. Traylor (1839-1925), American politician, developer and mayor of Dallas (1917-1919)
  • Craig Lamar Traylor (b. 1989), American actor, known for Malcolm in the Middle (2000), Matilda (1996) and Fred & Vinnie (2011)
  • Chet D. Traylor (b. 1945), American jurist, Louisiana Supreme Court, Associate Justice (Place 4) (1997-2009)
  • William "Bill" Traylor (1853-1949), American self-taught artist from Lowndes County, Alabama
  • Austin Traylor (b. 1993), American NFL football tight end who played from 2016 to 2019
  • Morton Traylor (1918-1996), American fine artist, designer and serigrapher
  • Ray Washington Traylor (1963-2004), American professional WWF wrestler
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Traylor 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: Discrimine salus
Motto Translation: Safety in danger.

  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
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