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A number of suggestions have been put forward by family members as to the origins of the name, which I have looked into.
*Cornish - in looking through the I.G.I. records for Cornwall I could find no TRANAH or TRANNAH at all; in 1842 one TRANARE, 1847 one TRENAH, in 1592 & 1836 TRENNA and one TRENNAILLE. Since starting the DNA Project, early results are pointing to the village of St Erth in Cornwall to the TREGUNS/TREGUNNA family. Gradually as the name moved east across the U.K. the name became corrupted to TRANAH.
*Jewish - the one connection here we can be certain of, were two marriages in the 19thC. The brothers Arthur & Henry, born 1825 & 1829 respectively, sons of Arthur & Mary Freeman TRANAH, married 2 Jewish sisters, Sarah Guy Cotton and Hannah Cotton, whose mother was Jewish of the Levy family in the Medway area of Kent.
*Huguenot - the name is not recognised as being Huguenot by the Huguenot & Walloon Research Association or the Huguenot Society of Great Britain & Ireland and the only name I can find remotely like it in Huguenot records is one Peter TRANO who came to this country from Burgoine near Paris. There is a very strong verbal tradition that the name was French, which may be so even if not of Huguenot descent. The French surname TRENET would very easily be anglicized to TRANAH.