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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage English
Other Forms FormsTraine, Trewyn

Meaning & History

English (Devon): 1. metonymic occupational name for a trapper or hunter, from Middle English trayne, Old French traine ‘guile’, ‘snare’, ‘trap’.
2. topographic name from Middle English atte trewen ‘at the trees’, or a habitational name from any of the places named with this phrase, for example Train, Traine, or Trewyn, all in Devon.

A couple notable bearers of this last name would be an American admiral: Charles J. Train, and an American author & businessman George Francis Train.
Added 11/19/2015 by TanorFaux
Edited 9/15/2020 by Mike C