travers

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English and French: occupational name for a gatherer of tolls exacted for the right of passage across a bridge, ford, or other thoroughfare, from Middle English, Old French travers ‘passage’, ‘crossing’, from Old French traverser ‘to cross’.
  2. Northern Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Treabhair (see Trevor).
  3. A Travers from the Poitou region of France is documented in Quebec City in 1712, with the secondary surname Sansregret.
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