Ever Wonder Where the Name "Trahan" Came From. Read the
Brief Outline Below of Sources on Our Trahan Family
I. The Trahan name before the
There were two separate noble Trahan family
branches listed in the "Le Grand Armorial de France", by Charles
d’Hozier, (1738): One in Tours (Armorial de la Touraine)
(17th Century); One in Rouen (date unknown) (King Traherne
Names and Places: Forest Trahant, Trans
(Trahans) in Mayenne, Les Trahannieres (hamlets and estates) almost
all located in the old Provinces of Maine and Mayenne, area of the
Aulerc Tribes (Gaulois), particularly the Aulerc Cenomani tribe. (thus
a geographic names source).
Internal Celtic Sources: (Vulgate Version
Arthurian Leg., O. Sommers): The Chevalier Trahant, Knight of King
Arthur’s Round Table, guardian of the Holy Grail, descended (Christian
version) from Joseph of Arimethea (Christ’s tomb), or (pre-Christian
version) cast in the role of Bran, keeper of the Cauldron of Plenty,
(Fisher-sinner King), one of the gods, Mythology of the People of the
goddess Danu (Tuatha De’ Danu) from which derives the prevalent
notions of our origins from Denmark, or the Danube, or the Danai
(pre-Hellenic Greeks) Jewish tribe of Dan, etc. But is should be kept
in mind that these legends are of Brythonic origin (dark Brittons,
perhaps Picts) were matrilineage is dominant (thru wife or mother).
Dates back to Middle Ages, Dark Ages or more. A marvellous record to
be studied, but not intent on giving origins, on which it is very
- External – Archeological Sources: Reference
point 2. Above: Of Trahans (Trans) (in Mayenne) d’Arbois de
Jubainville, a Celtic Scholor, says that the place name recurred as
haptitual wherever the Cenomani tribe established itself: Trahant in
Mayenne, France, Trente in north Italy, and Hubert adds Trans in
Mainz, Germany. This smacks of a record on the order of Archeology
with respect to our Trahan name.
Mythological Sources: Trente was settled by the
Cenomanni in the 4th Century B.C. as part of the Belgic
Invasions of that period, and Taranis was a Belgae god of thunder and
Giving the origins of "Trans", the brothers
Grimm (Teutonic Mythology) indicated "tarani", in Sanskrit, as meaning
"advancing with majesty" (describing the coming and passing of the
thunderstorms) referring the reader to the Vedic Hymns of India, where
Muller says one of the Aryan Thundergod, Indra’s titles was Indra
Vritrahan, Indra, the Dragon Slayer (the dragon’s mother being Danu of
the Danava people)…(1500 B.C. and earlier.)
The ancient Albanian (Thraco-Illyrian) "trahan"
means oats, ground oats. Thracian means "people who pull things".
Latin has "trahere", to pull, to plow. DuCange, "Glossary": "traha" is
"traga" is charriot; "Traharius" is the wagon-train of baggage
following the Roman Legions. Quadriga Vel Traga.
The Trahernes of England, whose origin is given
as the Trahanes of Probus County Parish, Cornwall, is also equated to
our name as well as to the Traiani Gens of Roman times (Trajan). (What
might explain this is "Avranches" (Normandy) a town whose name and
founding was by the Abrincatui, another Aulerc tribe, before they
moved elsewhere…? (Note: the Transmigration of Souls doctrine of the
pagan Celts does nothing for ethnic identity.)
II. The Trahan name after
Our first ancestor was Guillaume Trahan, from
Bourgeul, France, who came to Port Royal, Acadia, in 1636. He married
twice, from his second, he had 3 sons, 3 daughters. The first question
generally asked is: Are you from Guillaume II, Jean Charles, or
Alexander? Jean Charles settled in Grand Pre, the other two at
Pigiguit. All Trahans either eventually filed or were deported from
Acadia around 1755.
Reference: A Trahan History and Genealogy, Conrad W.
Trahan, at the following libraries: Biblio. Maillet, Mt. St. Charles,
Woonsocket, R.I., Worcester Antiquarian – N.E. History Genealogy Society,
Boston, Jac. Ed. Mem. Lib., Southbridge, Mass., Springfield Public
Library, State Street, Spring, Mass.; French Cultural Center, Assumption
C. Harvard College, Lib. Serial Rec. Geneal Dept., Cambridge, Mass.;
American French Geneal Society, Pawtucket, R.I.
Genealogical Research Reference: The Acadian
Genealogical & Historical Association, Inc., P. O. Box 2631,
Fitchburgh, Mass. 01420.
The original arms: Horseshoe & Crescent were of
Jean Trahan of Larochelle, France. The Trahans of India give their origin
as Roumania (Sr. Louise T., Sr. Ste Croix), "Trahana" in Dacian-Roumanian
is a kind of yogurt.