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My Ancient Viking Connection?
History: All Trahans are related because of the unique nature of our surname's history but in doing my research, a question always bothered me due to the depth of world history that revolves around the Trahan lineage: Personally I am half Acadian-French and half Scots-Irish and found out that both sides of my family came from a region of the world that shares a beautiful Norman past, hence my love of a common ancestor for both sides of my family: The Vikings. Their ancient blood flows in the Trahan [Norman:Trahunt] and in the Chambers [Norman: De la Chaumbre] families. My mother's family from Ulster in Northern Ireland, the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands is also spelled Chalmers. This is also Known as Scoto-Norman and Franco-Gaelic lineage hence the Norman. Robert The Bruce had such lineage. Trahan [Trahaiarn] is a sept of Clan Stirling in Scotland. Chambers is a sept of Clan Cameron in Scotland. The Scoto Clan system was adopted during the reign of Malcolm Ceannmor (1057- 1093) King of the Picts and Scots in the 11th century and was possibly borrowed from a similar Viking Clan system. Clans were told to adopt surnames based on their territorial possessions for self-identity and collection. Malcolm directed his chief subjects to create surnames from the names of their territorial possessions. Trahaiarn [also known as Trahearne] was possibly a descendant of ancient Roman blood during the time of the Roman occupation of ancient Wales in the 4th century, Potentially taken from the Roman Tribe: Traianus. Trahaearn was also a King of ancient Scotland. Traianus is the tribe that Trajan, Emperor of Rome descended from as well. Trahan is found in its 11th century form in ancient latin on the Bayeux tapestry as 'Trahunt' in 1066. Trahunt meant "one who is a strong puller" or "one who has strong Arms". Trahan has been acredited to silk pullers in ancient France.
Supposition: Can it therefore be a high probability, that since Normandy and Normans were the only region and peoples that ever defeated England in some propensity, that there is a correlation to the old stories regarding Trahan being also credited in Anglo-Welsh spelling as: Treharne, Traherne, and very old welsh Trahaern and Trahaiarn respectively? In French historiography, the term Norman is often applied to the various Viking groups that raided France in the ninth century before settling down to establish the region of Normandy that our Trahan ancestors are primarily found hailing from in recent genealogy. Trahan has been cited with Welsh roots as well.. but why? Welsh history denotes the exploits of King TRAHAERN ap Caradog of Arwystli of Gwynedd in the 9th century at the battle of Carno. Preceding this, Wales was subjugated under Roman control before the 5th century. Four centuries later, Norman influence spread from these newly conquered areas to the Crusader States in the Near East, along with Scotland and Great Britain and then to Ireland after the 9th century due to the Norman conquest courtesy of William the Conqueror. Keeping in mind that the cenomaniTraiani, forebearing name of Trajan an Emperor and family of ancient Rome so named in ancient latin IS Traianvs or the Tribe of the Traiani and due to that Roman occupation and later Norman influence on England Wales and Scotland, is there a possibility that the descendants of the ancient Traiani tribe of Romanic-Gaul (ancient France) in concert with the Normans' influence (Trahunt) played a proactive role in the evolution of the welsh connections sporadically found regarding Trahan? Could this have lead to the evolution of Trehaerne, Trehaern... and finally Treherne in the whole of modern Great Britain therefore giving all these variations a common ancestor? These are all possibly Cenomani origins? My continued acquiescence of the histories should foster some bit of resolution to this ambiguity some day I hope...