This very interesting surname is recorded in several spellings including Trin, Treen, and Train. It has three possible origins, English, French and Scottish, and for any particular nameholder, only extensive genealogy could decide the true national origination. The first derivation is from the Old French "traine", a word introduced after the 1066 Norman Invasion of England, and generally used as a metonymic or nickname for a trapper or hunter of wild animals. one who has to use skill and guile in his work. The second possible source is from a Scottish form of the Old pre 7th century Norse-Viking "trani". This word means the 'crane', and as such was used as a nickname for someone with the supposed physical characteristics of this then common bird. The third source is locational from two places in Devonshire, 'Train' in Wembury and 'Traine' in Modbury, both places mean "at the trees". Locational surnames were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace. Early examples of the surname spelling include Robert Trayne of Somerset in 1243, Richard Trane of York in 1301, Thomas Trewen of Devon in 1311, and Thomas Tran of Scotland in 1455. Later examples are Ann Treen, who was christened at St Giles Cripplegate, London, on February 3rd 1603, whilst William Train and Dorothy Richards were married at Parracombe, Devon, on March 4th 1696. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Warin Traine, which was dated 1181, in the "Pipe Rolls of Northumberland", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154-1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Treen — may refer to: *Treen (wooden), articles made of wood *Treen, Cornwall, a village on the south coast of the Penwith peninsula in Cornwall, England *Treen (Zennor), a hamlet near the north coast of the Penwith peninsula in Cornwall, England **Treen …   Wikipedia

  • Treen — Treen, a. [AS. tre[ o]wen.] 1. Made of wood; wooden. [Obs.] Treen cups. Camden. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to, or drawn from, trees. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] Treen liquors, especially that of the date. Evelyn. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Treen — Treen, obs. pl. of {Tree}. The shady treen. Fairfax. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Treen — Treen, kleiner Fluß in Schleswig, in Angeln aus der Kielstan u. Bodengane (Auefluß) sich bildend; trennt die Schwabstedter Geest von der Stapelholmer Marsch, fließt in drei Armen um Friedrichstadt u. geht hier in die Eider …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • treen — [trēn] n. [< obs. pl., trees or obs. adj., wooden < OE trēow, TREE] decorative objects, esp. antiques, made of wood: also treenware [trēnwer΄] n …   English World dictionary

  • Treen — David Connor Treen, Sr. (* 6. Juli 1928 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) ist ein ehemaliger US amerikanischer Politiker. Er war von 1980 bis 1984 Gouverneur des Bundesstaates Louisiana. Außerdem vertrat er zwischen 1973 und 1980 seinen Staat im US… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • treen — /tree euhn/, adj. 1. made entirely of wood. n. 2. treenware. [bef. 1000; ME (adj.); OE treowen. See TREE, EN2] * * * ▪ woodenware       small wooden objects in daily domestic or farm use and in use in trades and professions. Treen includes a wide …   Universalium

  • treen — noun, singular or plural in construction Etymology: treen wooden, from Middle English, from Old English trēowen, from trēow tree, wood Date: 1927 small woodenware called also treenware …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • treen — /trin/ (say treen) noun a small article made of wood, especially an antique. {tree + en2} …   Australian English dictionary

  • treen — n. (treated as pl.) small domestic wooden objects, esp. antiques. Etymology: treen (adj.) wooden f. OE treowen (as TREE) …   Useful english dictionary

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