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Where did the Irish Treanor family come from? What is the Irish Treanor family crest and coat of arms? When did the Treanor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Treanor family history?

Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Treanor 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.


People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Treanor that are preserved in archival documents are Traynor, Trainor, Trayner and others.

First found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Treanor research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Treanor History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Treanor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Treanor to North America:

Treanor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Treanor, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1803

Treanor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Treanor, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Mary Treanor, aged 27, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Patrick Treanor, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • John Treanor, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Catherine Treanor, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834

Treanor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane Treanor, aged 40, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Mary Treanor, aged 20, a maid, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Susan Treanor, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"

Treanor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Treanor, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Durham" in 1873
  • Patrick Treanor, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874


  • Misty Erie May Treanor (b. 1977), American professional volleyball player and actress
  • Matthew Aaron Treanor (b. 1976), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • William Michael Treanor (b. 1957), American attorney and legal scholar
  • Michael Treanor (b. 1979), American actor and martial artist
  • Walter Emanuel Treanor (1883-1941), United States federal judge
  • Noel Treanor (b. 1950), the 32nd and current Bishop of the Irish diocese of Down and Connor
  • Mark Treanor (b. 1963), Scottish former professional footballer


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  5. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Treanor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Treanor 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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