This unusual and interesting surname recorded as Tryhorn, Trehorne, Trayhorne, Tryhern and possibly others, is of Olde English and Welsh pre 7th century origins. It is either a patronymic or a locational name. In both cases it is derived from the ancient personal name Trahaearn. This was composed of the elements "tra" meaning most, and "haearn" - iron. Where locational it derives from a Welsh place called Trehaearn. The surname is first recorded in the Elizabethan period, (see below), and examples of the recording include Anne, daughter of Edmund Tryherne, who was christened on August 31st 1693, at St. Thomas church, Swansea, in Wales, whilst William, the son of William and Sarah Tryhorn, was christened at the lying-in Hospital, Endell Street, city of London in 1815, and Emily, the daughter of Charles and Sarah Tryhorn, was christened on June 2nd 1867, at St. Barnabas, Islington. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Marie Treherne. This was dated 1578, at the church of St. Mary Aldermary, in the city of London, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st, of England, 1558 - 1603. 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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