Who am I? I have a very un-Tragheim-like name. I’m Bodhipaksa, and I’m a Buddhist author and teacher. I got my name when I joined the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1993.
I was born in 1961 to Ian Stephen and Eleanor Tragham (whose name is Tragheim on her birth certificate). My name then was Graeme Robertson Stephen. My mother’s father (my grandad, of course) had changed his name unofficially from Thomas Tragheim to Thomas Tragham during the Second World War. Since he had six children, there’s a large branch of the family going under the name Tragham.
I started exploring the history of the family in about 2008. I was making good progress, because there aren’t many Tragheims, but then I found Julie Tragheim online and discovered she’d made even more progress than I had, although she was unaware of my branch of the family because of the unofficial name change.
Other members of the family have contributed, and we now have a reasonably good outline of the family. It does seem as if almost everyone with the last names Tragheim and Tragham are related.
There are some exceptions. There’s one branch that lived in Canada in the late 19th and early 20th centuries where the connection is unclear, however. There are several individual “Tragheims” who appear in the record due to typos. And finally there are some Tragheims who appear in Germany, who don’t appear to have Jewish names and who are unlikely to be related).
But if you’re a Tragham/Tragheim, please get in touch. We’re family.