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The surname of TRAYHERNE was a baptismal name 'the son of Trahern', an ancient Welsh personal name, as Trahern ap Caradoc, Prince of North Wales in 1073. The name originally TRAHAEARN, composed of the elements 'tra' (most) and 'haearn' (iron). This personal name has also given rise to a placename spelled Trehaearn, meaning a homestead settlement. Habitation names are derived from names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named places, which include rivers, houses with signs on them, regions, or whole counties. The original bearer of the name who stayed in his area might be known by the name of his farm, or the locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of that county or the region from which he originated. Early records of the name mention Marie Treherne, (cloth-maker) who was baptised at St. Mary Aldermary, London in 1578. William Laker and Susanna Treherne, were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1802. The name is also spelt at Treherne, Trehearne and Treharne.

The acquisition of surnames in Europe and England, during the last eight hundred years has been affected by many factors, including social class and social structure, naming practices in cultures and traditions. On the whole the richer and more powerful classes tended to acquire surnames earlier than the working class or the poor, while surnames were quicker to catch on in urban areas than in more sparsely populated rural areas. The bulk of surnames in England were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in place names into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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