Recorded in the spellings of Trig, Thring, Tring, Tringe, and Tringham, this is an English surname of ancient origins. The surname has three possible origins, the first is that is may be locational and derive from the Hertfordshire village of Tring. Secondly it may be from a now "lost" medieval village, or thirdly it may be residential and describe a person who lived at a "round place", which in ancient times had been used for the meetings of the local chiefs or council. The origin is Olde English pre 7th Century from the word "hring" which translates literally as "round". The surname in all its various spellings has remained uncommon, and examples of the early recordings have included Annis Thring of Wiltshire in 1606, James Tringham at St Giles Cripplegate, London, in 1676, Daniel Thring of St Botolphs Bishopgate, London, in 1743, whilst in 1766 William Tring married Susanna Norris at St. Georges chapel, Hanover Square, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert de Thring. which was dated 1206, in the rolls known as "The Hundred Rolls" of Kent. This was during the reign of King John, who was known by his father by the strange nickname of "Lackland". He reigned from 1199 to 1216. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.