Treharne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Treharne surname comes from the ancient Welsh personal name Trahern. Some instances of the surname are derived from the name of the settlement of Trehane in Cornwall.

Early Origins of the Treharne family

The surname Treharne was first found in Flintshire (Welsh: Sir y Fflint), a historic county, created after the defeat of the Welsh Kingdom of Gwynedd in 1284, and located in north-east Wales, where they held a family seat at Trehaverne (Tregavran) which was referenced in the Domesday Book.

This area is now known as Kenywn and is a civil parish in Cornwall. Kenwyn is now regarded as a suburb of the city of Truro and gives its name to one of three rivers that flow through the city. However, the surname is believed to be descended from Traherne (Trahaearn ap Caradog) son of Caradoc, Prince of North Wales in 1073. [1]

Today Trehan is a hamlet near Saltash in Cornwall, England.

Early History of the Treharne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Treharne research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1558, 1510, 1603, 1644, 1635, 1686, 1636 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Treharne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Treharne Spelling Variations

Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Treharne have included Traherne, Trahern, Treherne, Trehern, Traherne, Trahairn, Trahearne, Trahane, Trahan, Trehearn, Trahearn, Trehane and many more.

Early Notables of the Treharne family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Bartholomew Traheron (1510?-1558?), Protestant writer, born about 1510, descended from an ancient Cornish family, and is said to have been a native of...
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United States Treharne migration to the United States +

Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Treharne:

Treharne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Treharne, aged 44, who landed in America from Swansea, Wales, in 1892
  • Wm. J. Treharne, aged 13, who settled in America from Swansea, Wales in 1892
Treharne Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Treharne, aged 19, who landed in America from Liverpool, England in 1904
  • Ernest Treharne, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Llauelly, Wales, in 1912
  • W. Bryceson Treharne, aged 39, who settled in America from Adelaide, Australia, in 1916
  • Maud Thackeray Treharne, aged 33, who landed in America from Adelaide, Australia, in 1918
  • Gwyn Francis Treharne, aged 2, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Treharne (post 1700) +

  • Llewellyn "Llew" Treharne, Welsh professional rugby league footballer
  • Edward Llewellyn Treharne (1862-1904), Welsh rugby union forward
  • Mrs. F Iona Treharne M.B.E., British Chief of Staff for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP., was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Business and to charity [2]
  • Trevor Treharne, English sports journalist
  • Sir David Treharne Llewellyn (1916-1992), British Member of Parliament for Cardiff North 1950–1959


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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