Trant Name Study

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Trant Name Study

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The Trant Name Study is also registered with the Guild of One Name Studies.

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The TRANT name study is in the infancy of it's collection. Here's what I do know so far:

According to recent published Name studies dictionaries, it is established that there may be two entirely separate groups of Trants but the discovery of how and where Trants evolved is a primary goal of the Trant Name Study.

Although this is a worldwide study, I began my data collection in England and Ireland.

Trant was always considered among researchers in Ireland as a "Kerry" surname and it's quite numerous in county Kerry, Ireland. In Ireland, Trant is considered to be a derivative of the surname "Trewent".

It is also prominent in Devon, England. One of the goals of this Trant name study is to possibly collect all the Trants back in Devon and in the rest of the United Kingdom as well as in Ireland.

Coat of Arms

"The Trant Coat of Arms" Trewent arms dating to Norman times: Blue and red shield. Four silver white roses. Two crossed swords with yellow hilts. (Burke’s General Armory by Bernard Burke 1842). Trewent crest: Out of a Ducal Coronet or, an Eagle’s Head between two wings ppr. (An eagle’s head flanked by two wings rising from a gold coronet).

Sir Patrick Trant was the first Trant to register a coat of arms. He was created a Baronet of Ireland in 1686 so his Arms date to that time


Trant seems to be a surname in it's own spelling of "Trant" with early derivatives and/or deviants of Truant, Truan, Tant. It may also be derived from Treamhant, Treant. It is possible that Trant is of Norse origin. [1] However, In the IGI [2], I counted over a hundred Trants in Holland.

I became personally interested in it's "Kerry-ness" because it's the surname of one of my ancestors. My fourth great grandmother, who was born about 1770, was Mary Trant. She lived, married and died in Kerry.

If you have a Trant ancestor in Kerry, contact me and we will try to fit our Trants into the jigsaw puzzle of the Trants of Ireland and elsewhere.

Trant Surname History

From The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, by Patrick Hanks, Richard Coates, Peter McClure (Oxford University Press, Nov 17, 2016):

Trant Surname Count
Trant Surname History (English)
History of Trant Surname

England and Wales Census, 1881

The 1881 census for England and Wales listed 157 individuals with the exact surname of Trant.

Trant Surname count in 1881 Great Britain Census

Griffith Count of Ireland

Household numbers of the surname TRANT, by county, in the Griffith's (1847-64)

Clare: 1

Dublin: 4

Dublin city: 2

Kerry: 29

Kilkenny: 1

Limerick: 2

Offaly: 1

Tipperary: 4

How to Join

Please contact the project leader Maggie N. or leave a comment at the foot of the page. If you need help connecting your Trant relative to the global WikiTree or finding sources, just drop me a line.


To see the Trants listed in the Trant Name Study, check here:


To add a Trant profile, copy and paste



The prime goal of this Trant Name Study to collect together in one place every being who bears this surname and, maybe at some point, the variants of that surname. At this junction of the Trant One Name Study, there is no collection of variants. The hope is that other researchers will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

The secondary goal of the Trant One Name Study is to improve the profiles with sources. When proper sources are found, the family reconstruction begins.


I have not selected a variant for the surname Trant at WikiTree yet. Of course, through the course of time in records, there are many deviants, like Trantt, Tant, Trent, Tront but those spellings could be entirely different surnames.


  1. MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families, Dublin, 1982
  2. International Genealogical Index

See Also:

  • One Name Studies in Ireland: "Michael Merrigan reveals a different approach when researching Gaelic surnames" Journal of One-Name Studies, October 2000. Pp. 10-13. Volume 7. Issue#4. October 2000. (Part 1). How lrish one-name studies differ from those in England. By Michael Merrigan. Pp. 12-16. Journal of One-Name Studies, October 2000. Volume 7. Issue#5. January 2001. (Part 2).The line between Gaelic and non-Gaelic studies. Part two of our special report on One Name Studies in Ireland by Michael Merriigan. Paid Wall Link Paid Wall Link note: Must be a One Name Guild member to access or locate in your library.
  • An Irish One-Name Study by Vicki Perry. Journal of One-Name Studies, Vol 10 No 9, Jan-Mar 2011.

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