Traynham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Traynham is Mac Threinfir, from the words trean, meaning strong, and fear meaning man. This name is often rendered MacTraynor or MacTreanor in English, but the Anglicizations Mac Crainor and MacCreanor are actually more phonetically accurate.

Early Origins of the Traynham family

The surname Traynham was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat and were associated with the family of Armstrong which settled in that county from the English/Scottish border.

Early History of the Traynham family

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Traynham Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Traynham were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Traynor, Trainor, Trayner and others.

Early Notables of the Traynham family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Traynham family

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Traynham family in North America: William Trainor who settled in Admiral's Cove, Newfoundland, from Portsmouth, Hampshire in the 17th century; Bernard, Francis, Henry, Hugh, James, John, and Michael Trainor, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1838 and 1878.

Contemporary Notables of the name Traynham (post 1700) +

  • Britt Traynham, better known by his stage name Batsauce, an American underground hip hop producer, husband of Daisey Traynham
  • Jerry Traynham, American football halfback for the 1959 All-Pacific Coast football team
  • Robert Traynham, American television journalist, Washington Bureau Chief for The Comcast Network
  • Daisey Traynham, known by the stage name Lady Daisey, and American soul/funk singer
  • Wade Lanier Traynham (b. 1942), former American football player who played for Atlanta Falcons (1966-1967) on Facebook
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