Recorded in a wide variety of spellings including Trainer, Trener, Trenear, Traynor, Trinor, Tronor, Trynor, Triner and Trinner, this is a surname of three nationalities with overlapping spellings, and with several possible originations. The first is Cornish and locational from a place called Trenear near Wendron, or Treneer near Madron, both from the pre 7th century "tre-an-yer" meaning the poultry farm. The second possible origin is Olde English from 'trayne' meaning to trap or snare, and hence a name for a hunter.Thirdly if originating in Ireland, it may have the same origination from English settlers, or it may derive from the pre 10th century Gaelic Mac Threinfhir, meaning " the son of the champion". This name derives from the words "trean", meaning strong, and "fhear", a man. Early examples of the surname recording in England include Robert Treiner of County Durham in the year 1243, John Treneare who married Florence Rowe at Wendron, Cornwall, on February 2nd 1588, and Ann Traner, who married John Binckes at St Boltolphs, Bishopgate, in the old city of London, on July 8th 1604. In Ireland Ralph Traynor, the son of John and Elizabeth Traynor, was christened at the church of St Peter and St Kevin, Dublin, on March 16th 1701. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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