Type Surname (from location)
Pronounced Pron. TRAV-ərz(English)  [key·IPA]

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)
Given Name DescendantTravers(English)


Entry updated August 16, 2017