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TypeSurname (from location)
PronouncedPron.TRAV-ərz English

Meaning & History

From an English and French place name that described a person who lived near a bridge or ford, or occasionally as an occupational name for the collector of tolls at such a location. The place name is derived from Old French traverser (which comes from Late Latin transversare), which means "to cross".

Related Names

VariantsTraves, Travis, Traviss, Trevis English Traver, Travere, Traverse, Travert French
Other Languages & CulturesTraversa, Traversi, Traverso, Traversini Italian Travieso Spanish


Entry updated August 16, 2017   Contribute