SOURCE: Location
USAGE: English, French
PRONOUNCED: TRAV-ərz (English)  [details]

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

VARIANTS: Traves, Travis, Traviss, Trevis (English), Traver, Travere, Traverse, Travert (French)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Traversa, Traversi, Traverso, Traversini (Italian), Travieso (Spanish)


Entry updated August 16, 2017