Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Trenary 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 Trenary family
The surname Trenary 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 Trenary family
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Trenary Spelling Variations
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname Trenary are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Traynor, Trainor, Trayner and others.
Early Notables of the Trenary family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Trenary family to the New World and Oceana
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia
in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Trenary or a variant listed above: 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 Trenary (post 1700)
- Jill Ann Trenary (b. 1968), American figure skater, World Figure Skating Championship gold medalist in 1990