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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name, also a surname (late 12c.), from an Old French word meaning "to cross over," related to traverse (v.). Probably a name for a gatekeeper or the toll collector of a bridge.

Travis -- U.S. County in Texas
Population (2000): 812280
Housing Units (2000): 335881
Land area (2000): 989.304843 sq. miles (2562.287673 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 32.773552 sq. miles (84.883107 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1022.078395 sq. miles (2647.170780 sq. km)
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 30.321806 N, 97.769809 W
Travis, TX
Travis County
Travis County, TX
Travis (band)

Travis are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 1990, comprising Fran Healy ( lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Dougie Payne ( bass guitar, backing vocals), Andy Dunlop ( lead guitar, banjo, backing vocals) and Neil Primrose ( drums, percussion).

The band has released eight studio albums: Good Feeling (1997), The Man Who (1999), The Invisible Band (2001), 12 Memories (2003), The Boy with No Name (2007), Ode to J. Smith (2008), Where You Stand (2013) and Everything at Once (2016).

Travis have twice been awarded best band at the BRIT Awards, and are often credited for having paved the way for bands such as Coldplay and Keane (Coldplay's Chris Martin has called himself "a poor man's Fran Healy", while saying that Travis "invented" Coldplay "and lots of others"). The band named themselves after the Harry Dean Stanton character Travis Henderson from the film Paris, Texas.

Travis (Blake's 7)

Space Commander Travis is a fictional character in the British science fiction television programme Blake's 7. Stephen Greif performed the role of Travis in the programme's first series, but declined an offer to return for the second series (but returned to play Travis in the Big FinishLiberator Chronicles audio drama story "Promises" written by Nigel Fairs). " Weapon", the third episode of the second series, marked the premiere performance of Brian Croucher in the role. In this episode, Travis expresses to Supreme Commander Servalan some unease about his recent "rehabilitation". In B7 Productions' audio dramas of Blake's 7, Craig Kelly assumes the role of Travis.

Travis is a Space Commander in the Terran Federation who is infamous for his brutality and ruthlessness. Prior to the events of the Blake's 7 television series, a Federation leader commissions him to subdue an anti-Federation resistance movement on Earth. Travis and a band of troopers under his command ambush a key resistance group. When the group's leader, Roj Blake, declares their surrender, Travis commands his men to gun-down the rebels. Blake wrests a DEW gun from a trooper, and shoots Travis, wounding him severely on the left side of his body. After the troopers capture Blake, a combat medic called Maryatt partially repairs Travis' face. Later, Travis eschews cosmetic surgery, and replaces his amputated left arm with a cybernetic one equipped with an energy weapon called a Laseron Destroyer.

When Roj Blake escapes the Federation, Servalan, Supreme Commander of the Terran Federation, enlists Travis as a special agent to hunt Blake—and to commandeer Liberator, an advanced starship which Blake now captains. In his several encounters with Blake, Travis eventually captures a resistance leader called Avalon, and indirectly causes the death of one of Blake's crewmen, Olag Gan. Ultimately, however, Travis fails too egregiously for Servalan, who required of him not only the downfall of the resistance movement, but calculated assistance in her maneuvering for total galactic ascendancy. Servalan fears that Travis' blundering might expose her abuses of power, and concludes that his liability exceeds his faltering usefulness. Finally, she endorses a dilatory court-martial for a massacre which Travis ordered earlier in his career—a crime for which he was sure to be executed.

Coincidentally, the Liberator, under Blake's command, attacks Federation headquarters at the penultimate moment of Travis' sentencing. Amidst the commotion of the attack, Travis seizes the opportunity to escape his death sentence, and absconds to Servalan's office. There, he forces Servalan to provision him with an escape ship and other resources. Travis, now a fugitive, resumes his obsessive hunt for Blake.

Blake and Travis meet for the final time at Star One, a secret base and supercomputer of crucial importance to the Federation's control of its planets. There, Blake discovers that Travis has betrayed the Federation to aliens from the Andromeda Galaxy. Travis shoots Blake on sight, but is unaware that he has not mortally wounded him. When an opportune moment arises, Blake clips Travis with a shot from his sidearm. Before Travis can retaliate, Kerr Avon knocks him into an energy vortex, killing him.


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Travis (given name)

Travis is an English masculine given name of French origin. It is derived from the word "traverser" or "to cross", and was given to toll collectors who stood by a bridge or crossing.

Notable people with the name include:

  • Travis Alexander (1977–2008), Arizona murder victim
  • Travis Banton (1894–1958), American costume designer
  • Travis Barker (born 1975), American drummer for the rock band Blink-182
  • Travis Best (born 1972), American basketball player
  • Travis Boak (born 1988) Australian rules footballer
  • Travis Brody (born 1984), professional American football quarterback
  • Travis Brown (cyclist) (born 1969), American cyclist
  • Travis Brown (quarterback) (born 1977), former American football quarterback
  • Travis Brown (wide receiver) (born 1986), American football wide receiver
  • Travis Browne (born 1982), American mixed martial artist
  • Travis Clark, musician
  • Travis Childers (born 1958), former U.S. Representative from Mississippi
  • Travis Coleman (born 1980), American football player
  • Travis Elborough, British author
  • Travis Fimmel (born 1979), Australian model and actor
  • Travis Haley, Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance veteran and CEO of Haley Strategic
  • Travis Head, Australian cricketer
  • Travis Henry, American football running back
  • Travis Ishikawa, American baseball player
  • Travis Johnstone, Australian rules footballer
  • Travis Lutter (born 1973), American mixed martial artist
  • Travis Marx (born 1977), American mixed martial artist
  • Travis McCoy (born 1981), musician/singer
  • Travis Meeks (born 1979), lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for acoustic rock band Days of the New
  • Travis Pastrana (born 1983), American motorsports athlete
  • Travis Pearson (born 1971), American football player
  • Travis Rinker, American association football (soccer) player
  • Travis Scott (musician) (born 1992), American rapper and record producer
  • Travis Tritt (born 1963), American country musician
  • Travis Wall (born 1987), contemporary dance teacher
  • Travis Willingham, American voice actor
  • Travis Wilson (American football), American football wide receiver
  • Travis Zajac (born 1985), Canadian National Hockey League player

Fictional characters include:

  • Travis Bickle, protagonist of the film Taxi Driver
  • Travis Mayweather, in the American TV series Star Trek: Enterprise
  • Travis McGee, fictional character created by John D. Macdonald
  • Travis Nash, from the Australian soap opera Home and Away
  • Travis, an anthropomorphic tractor in the TV series Bob the Builder
  • Travis Strong, one of the main characters from the Canadian TV series Radio Free Roscoe
  • Travis Touchdown, protagonist of the video game No More Heroes
  • Travis Harris, protagonist of the novel Taming the Star Runner by S.E. Hinton
  • Travis Henderson, protagonist of the film Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders
  • Travis Maddox, protagonist of the novel Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Travis (surname)

Travis is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Abby Travis (born 1969), American bassist
  • Bill Travis (born 1957), American photographer
  • Cecil Travis (1913–2006), American baseball infielder
  • Dave Lee Travis (born 1945), British radio presenter
  • Debbie Travis (born 1960), Canadian television personality
  • Eugene M. Travis, American politician and New York State Comptroller 1915–1920
  • Joe Lane Travis, American politician
  • Kylie Travis (born 1970), Australian actress
  • Maury Travis (1965–2002), American serial killer
  • Merle Travis (1917–1983), American country and western singer
  • Michael Travis (born 1965), American jamband drummer and member of The String Cheese Incident
  • Michael Travis (footballer) (born 1993), South African footballer
  • Nancy Travis (born 1961), American actress
  • Randy Travis (born 1959), American country singer
  • Robert S. Travis (1909-1980), American politician
  • Robert S. Travis, Jr. (born 1947), American politician
  • Ryan Travis (born 1989), American football player
  • Scott Travis (born 1961), American rock drummer
  • Stacey Travis, American actress
  • William B. Travis (1809–1836), commander of the Texian forces at the Battle of the Alamo
Travis (chimpanzee)

Travis (October 21, 1995 – February 16, 2009) was a male common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) who appeared in American television shows and commercials. In February 2009, Travis and his owner Sandra Herold gained international notoriety after he suddenly attacked Herold's friend Charla Nash and grievously mauled her, blinding her while severing her nose, ears, and both hands, and severely lacerating her face. He was subsequently shot dead on the arrival of the police, after trying to attack an officer.

As an animal actor, Travis had appeared in several television commercials, including spots for Coca-Cola and Old Navy. He had also appeared on The Maury Povich Show, The Man Show, and a television pilot that featured Sheryl Crow and Michael Moore.

Usage examples of "travis".

Would I, Travis McGee, bring thee, Linda Lewellen Brindle, aboard this houseboat to live herein and hereon, with me, happily, so long as we shall all remain afloat?

Does one believe Harry Broll, pillar of the business community, or a certain Travis McGee, who seems to have no visible means of support, gentlemen?

If a Harry Broll can damned near kill you, Travis, what about somebody with a more professional attitude and background?

Islamber in that Svanetian tower, or Dzhordzha in the cell of the Serbsky, or Kenny in the Murphy bed, or all three of them interchangeable with Travis Coe, the backwoods faunlet, who had been dropped here by Anangka, or by angels, or, as I was to learn eventually, by Daniel Lvam Montross himself.

Marie Travis, the serologist who had done the laboratory examination on the seminal fluid recovered from the body and bed linens of Darra Goldswit.

It would be easy to assume it was the millions, but even before he started talking about Arthur Spanning, I knew that he looked upon Travis as he might a grandson.

Travis held the Squeezer in front of him, squinting, and he turned the wheel.

The thing was, Darby Travis, or whoever it was that built this cabin, had used thick, unsplit, but completely peeled logs for his construction.

Travis Lee drove up to the ranch house one silken fall morning as I sat in a rocking chair on the front porch, an unread novel in my lap, an unwhittled stick at my feet, the sun warm on my face, and Betty asleep in the house.

At night, Bob and I followed CJ around the pool tables, bars, and beer joints of Gatlin and Travis counties, picking up bits and pieces of information, tracking tidbits of gossip, following the rills of rumors.

She listened with only half an ear to the byplay between Kit and John Travis as she gazed out the window, intent on the mountain scenery, her deep leather cabin chair swiveled in a conversational mode toward the sofa.

Travis preceded Condy, and turned up one of the burners in colored globe of the little brass chandelier.

Travis dropped upon the shrouded sofa, and Condy set himself carefully down on one of the frail chairs with its spindling golden legs, and they began to talk.

But evidently they had come to the last move in the game, and as Condy reflected that after all he had never known the real Travis, that the girl whom he told himself he knew through and through was only the Travis of dinner parties and afternoon functions, he was suddenly surprised to experience a sudden qualm of deep and genuine regret.

Travis and Condy edged their way among piles of wheat-bags, dodging drays and rumbling trucks, and finally brought up at the after gangplank, where a sailor halted them.