The Truax family history appears to have French origins, but the surname actually dates back centuries in both France and England.
Truax is actually an Americanized spelling of the French surname du Trieux. The name is derived from an Old English word treow, which means "tree." Early Truax genealogy suggests the name was probably first used as a topographical or habitational one to describe an individual who lived near a prominent tree or from an area in Devon that sports a similar title. In France, the name was also used as a habitational name to refer to people who lived in Trieux in Muerthe-et-Moselle - a region in the northeastern area of France. Although the name probably originated in France, there are very early records of spelling variation of the surname in England as well. For example, early Truax family history in Wales can be found in the 12th century. Recordings of Truax family genealogy can also be found in Ireland, in County Kent, around this time.
After the Truax surname migrated throughout much of Europe, it eventually made its way to North America as well. Because of the French origins of the name, it is as common in Canada as it is in the United States, if not more so. Early records of the 20th century in the United States show that the majority of the people with this surname settled in the northeastern region of the country, although a few Truax families can also be found in the Midwest, and an even smaller percentage throughout the rest of the nation. The Truax name can also be found throughout Canada, and many prominent individuals with this last name, such as Barry Truax and Reuben Eldridge Truax, come from Canada.
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Rhoda Truax Silberman
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